I used to smoke up until a few years ago, and I am so glad I have now quit. Not just because of the health concerns and because of how anti-social it is, but because I have discovered that cigarettes are not usually vegan in any case!
I used to think cigarettes were merely plant-based, as they are made mainly from dried tobacco leaves. However they are also given many additives designed to make the taste more pleasant and to be addictive. They contain thousands of toxic chemicals which have this effect. But that's not all....
I have recently discovered that a lot of brands also contain pig’s blood in the filters! Apparently the haemoglobin in the blood helps to trap a lot of the harmful substances before they are inhaled (only clearly, they don’t trap enough of them, do they? As smoking causes so much illness and death!) In recent years this has been of concern not just to vegetarians and vegans, but also to certain religious groups like Muslims and Jews, as reported in this article. They also contain other animal-derived products, like glycerine, and honey, to make them taste better.It is not just what is in them either: the tobacco industry is generally completely unethical, in its ecological impact. Cigarette butts do a lot of harm to the environment.
Last, but by no means least, cigarettes are STILL tested on animals, for some God-knows-what reason, even after all these years of everyone knowing how harmful smoking is! Tests here in the UK have been banned since 1997, but before that thousands of beagles every year were routinely made to inhale cigarette smoke in laboratory tests. Unfortunately they still go on in other countries, on rats, mice and sometimes monkeys, as a recent PETA investigation shows. Why??? What are they trying to prove, that hasn't already been proved on humans? (Consenting humans as well, who have smoked of their own free will!!) But that is vivisection for you: cruel and completely pointless “research” is the norm.
So, as anyone can see, the fact that cigarettes are still tested on animals in some countries is yet another powerful reason not to smoke.
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