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Never Been A Quitter (Except For This!)
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Never Been A Quitter (Except For This!)

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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  1. kristo
    kristo
    voted! Glad to hear that you quit! I really can't believe that there is pig blood in the filter! That is beyond nasty. I must share this info with the few vegetarian smokers that I know.
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  2. Akanksha
    Akanksha
    I didn't know glycerine could be animal-based too! Some good research done here Veganara! (sometime I like to call you that)
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    1. Veganara
      Veganara
      Thanks Akanksha! I got the idea for this one when I was researching my recent Breathing Happy post, which I think you have already seen! Two birds with one stone! Yes, sometimes glycerine comes from animals, by all accounts.
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  3. SnakeWitch
    Yup. Still the same comment: EWWWWWWW! My new post is up: 'Veganism is the Future', says Bill Gates. It's not what you think, though. Read on... it's scary, to say the least.
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  4. educated not manipulated
    You gave up smoking because it's not vegan. You are pathetic. Isn't the whole point of being vegan/vegetarian because of health. I'm guessing it was trendy to be vegan when you started.
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    1. SnakeWitch
      Please stop crashing in our posts and insulting without justification. First, Veganara never said that that was the reason she quit. Second, quitting because it's not vegan is as good a reason as any other. So, if I understand your post - using your type of logic, seeing what kind of comment you are putting everywhere - if a person quits smoking because it's vegan, you'll tell them to start back up until they find a good enough reason?
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      1. Veganara
        Veganara
        LOL, another excellent response Annie! He thinks he is being really clever in his insulting comments to me, but he is shooting himself in the foot with his own "logic"!!! (I use the term loosely!) I am pretty sure he is not genuinely interested in this website, that he is just a troll, so I am not taking too much notice of his comments. Don't feed the troll, as they say!
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        1. SnakeWitch
          That's my little b****y side...sorry. You can delete this comment as soon as you read it. Like inspector gadget - it'll blow up in a few seconds.... tick, tick, tick...
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    2. Veganara
      Veganara
      @ Educated not manipulated: You are a very rude and antagonistic sort of person, aren't you? I have just seen and responded to the equally nasty comment you made on SnakeWitch's blog Do Vegans Live Longer? So I am "pathetic"? Don't you think it is much more pathetic to deliberately make rude and offensive comments on people's blogs, without even bothering to read them properly, or try to understand the point they are making? I gave up smoking because it is a disgusting and unhealthy habit, but in my research, I ALSO discovered that it is not vegan,. so I thought it was a suitable subject for a blog on this website. Also, I am mainly vegan for ethical reasons, but it does have health benefits too. I certainly didn't do it to be "trendy"! I am guessing that you are probably not vegan or vegetarian, you have just come on this website as a troll. I will make the same response as SnakeWitch made on her blog in response to you: please remove your comment, rethink it, and post another, more polite one. If you don't within in a couple of days, I will remove it. If you don't alter it, I will assume you are just a troll, and I will report you to the Flaming Vegan admin.
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    3. Veggie
      I think you are pathetic! Use constructive criticism if you must, otherwise travel on down the road you tread..........by yourself!! Now git!!!
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      1. SnakeWitch
        Why am I getting the image in my head of you shooing away a rat...?
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        1. Veganara
          Veganara
          Me or Veggie? I don't know, I actually quite like rats!
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          1. SnakeWitch
            Veggie shooing away the not-so-educated rat out with a broom.
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            1. Veggie
              lol!!
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      2. Veganara
        Veganara
        I am assuming that comment is aimed at "Educated not manipulated" Veggie, not at me??! (I wonder who he/she was educated by? Sociopaths?)
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        1. SnakeWitch
          Surely not self-educated, that's for sure. He/she can't read. Maybe that person needs the benefit of the doubt - maybe that person has dyslexia or something... On the other hand, nah. Sorry, educated, we're waiting for a polite response.
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        2. Veggie
          Yes, not you! Just the "edjumicated" one, or the "troll". Like that one!
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  5. Veggie
    Voted! I also quit, 10 years ago and I knew there was all kinds of reasons to do so. but I had no idea of some of the ingredients that went into it, I focused mainly on the chemicals, but pigs blood???? How gross!
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    1. SnakeWitch
      I know! Ew,right?
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      1. Veganara
        Veganara
        I know. I wish I had known that when I was smoking, I am sure it would have helped me give up a lot sooner.
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        1. SnakeWitch
          I know a lot of people who would've quit sooner... but perhaps not my dad. He actually enjoys the pig's blood sausages that are so popular in Quebec. The rest of the family always thought they were gross, though.... Thank goodness for motorcycles! Have you seen animal urine anywhere in the list you looked up? That might be even better!!!
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          1. SnakeWitch
            By the way, animal urine is used in food. Head's up: if you see uric acid, it's isolated pee acid.
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            1. Veganara
              Veganara
              Ew ew ew ew!!! Thanks for that! No, I didn't see animal urine in the list, it's probably there somewhere though! I think pig's blood sausages are what we call black pudding here in Britain - gross! You cut them in pieces, fry them up and eat them for breakfast, right? At least you do if you have a very strong stomach, ewww!! I used to eat them as a child, my parents gave me them for breakfast, but I couldn't eat them any more, once I found out what they were made of. But with other meat, it took me a lot longer to give it up.
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              1. SnakeWitch
                My dad had them for dinner because mom decided sausages are not for breakfast - except when we were out in restaurants. Then she had no choice but to let me and my brother have them with our eggs because daddy did. And yeah, pee in food. How disgusting. And musk is from an animal's testicals - the chinese version of deer.
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                1. Veggie
                  OMG! is there no end to the revelations of yuck?! So I am not the only one obsessing in the grocery aisle, reading the ingredients list no matter how tiny they make the print? lol!
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                  1. SnakeWitch
                    I'm sure many people become annoyed by me just standing there, looking and looking...
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                    1. Veganara
                      Veganara
                      The "educated" troll hasn't come back yet, has he? I don't think he will - he probably does this all the time - signs up to these websites just to insult people, then buggers off, before they can retaliate! I am looking forward to deleting his post tomorrow anyway, I am sure you are too Annie!
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        2. Veganara
          Veganara
          Btw, Annie, going off-topic, but have you been on Facebook today? I have been trying to log in for hours, and can't get on: the pages won't load properly, just getting the headers, nothing else. I think it was the same last night. I wondered if this is a general problem, eg with the FB server, or maybe my browser, I don't know. Frustrating! How are you getting on with Bubblews as well? I have posted about 10 articles now, I'll have a look at your most recent ones next time I am on!
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          1. SnakeWitch
            Lemme check FB. Bubblews, I was on yesterday but didn't have time to see your articles, either. Will have a look and might post more! Have you had any problems ie. posts from here?
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            1. Veganara
              Veganara
              I have had no problems with alerts from TFV and the other sites like Breathing Happy, so maybe it is not m,y PC. Please let me know what happens when you try to log in to FB.
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              1. SnakeWitch
                Oh, I meant in Bubblews. Did they tell you anything about double-posting? TFV was always quick to let us know - well, the one time I did they were very fast. I got the message instantly to refuse my post.
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                1. Veganara
                  Veganara
                  Really? No I have never had any of my blogs refused by TFV, or any emails about the content of my blogs. How did they know you were double-posting something? They must have checked via Google or some such, I guess. I did recently get a message about my most recent blog on Of Horse!, the one about Hans the Counting Horse. They commented that some of it appeared to have been quoted from Wikipedia, so if I did that, I needed to acknowledge the source, which I have done. It's got a lot of votes, but it hasn't made Top Posts, although it is about a week old or more now, so I am assuming they are not going to promote it for that reason, shucks!!
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  6. SnakeWitch
    Sorry to those who will now have an email inbox packed with messages from this article. Maggie and I want to chat and FB is down. ;) Just hit 'delete' a few dozen times...
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    1. Veganara
      Veganara
      Yes, sorry everyone, making you privy to our conversation here! You probably won't want all these alerts, we just can't get on Facebook at present. So we're suffering from bad withdrawal symptoms!!!
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      1. SnakeWitch
        Do I see a new Goodblogs about support to quit Facebook in the works? ;) Oh, the sob stories we will read on that...!
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        1. Veganara
          Veganara
          LOL! Yes, that would be a good one, wouldn't it? Maybe we should start a Facebook group for FB addicts who are trying to quit it ....only that would kind of defeat the object, wouldn't it??! Damn you, Mark Zuckerberg, you have a lot to answer for!!!
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          1. SnakeWitch
            I heard he quit. It could've been just nasty gossip, but then again, he's rich. He's a multimillionaire - he doesn't need to continue working!!! Why would he? By the way, FB works for me now. Maybe you could check on your end.
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  7. Scott Combs
    Scott Combs
    Wow
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    1. Veganara
      Veganara
      Thanks for the vote and comment Scott. Sorry that there are so many comments on this one - I don't usually have as many as this on my blogs, but there was a lot of discussion about various things on this one, as you can see!
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  8. No Name
    Very good I am glad you stopped by my blog to leave a comment. Voted this one is very good and good you finally quit. Most people will not even try and quit.
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    1. Veganara
      Veganara
      Thank you. I am still on 9 votes, so if you can't vote now, please try again tomorrow! We get 10 votes each day here :-)
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      1. No Name
        I am so sorry it did not go through. I clicked it again and now it has changed. I clicked it before but I guess it did not take.
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  9. pftsusan
    pftsusan
    Thank God you gave the smoking up for both yourself and animals. Great blog. I invite you to my return to The Flaming Vegan with better writing of course. Please stop by my new blog "Vegetarian Social Networks: This Dish Vegetarian" and vote if you like.
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