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If you are Jewish, Arab, or vegetarian, and smoke, are you going to change your habits due to this revelation?

Asked by filmfann (48048points) April 8th, 2010

Apparently, cigarette makers use pig’s blood in the filter portion of cigarettes.
News item:
Pig’s Blood in Cigarette Filters?

Smokers—especially Jewish and Muslim ones—have another reason to be concerned about the ingredients in their cigarettes, which may include pig’s blood in the filter.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported March 30 that a University of Sydney professor said that recent research from the Netherlands detailed the many industrial uses of pigs, including the use of pig hemoglobin in cigarette filters.

Jews and Muslims may be particularly alarmed at the news, said Professor Simon Chapman.

“I think that there would be some particularly devout groups who would find the idea that there were pig products in cigarettes to be very offensive,” said Chapman. “The Jewish community certainly takes these matters extremely seriously and the Islamic community certainly do as well, as would many vegetarians. It just puts into hard relief the problem that the tobacco industry is not required to declare the ingredients of cigarettes… they say ‘that’s our business’ and a trade secret.”

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Zen_Again's avatar

Yeah. That, and the other few thousand lethal chemicals and crap in them should be reason enough not to smoke.

Not a fan of the cancer sticks.

buckyboy28's avatar

I’ll just have Rabbi Jeff Goldblum perform a circumcision on my cigs.

faye's avatar

What on earth use would pig blood be in a cig filter? Why would anyone ever say “Let’s try pig blood!” I am glad I’ve quit but I wouldn’t have quit because of it.

davidbetterman's avatar

Are they kosher pigs?

Kraigmo's avatar

Due to the proclivity of the cigarette smoking community to just drop their butts anywhere they happen to be standing, cigarette butts should be banned, anyway (since the majority of smokers cannot apparently handle their responsibility, nor do they seem to care about anything beyond themselves or else why litter.)

Let people smoke, but don’t give them a thing that they will litter.
And I’m glad there’s pig blood in current filters. Serves ‘em right.

Haleth's avatar

I’d start rolling my own cigarettes.

beancrisp's avatar

Introducing new Hebrew national cigarettes, “no if, and or butts”.

Pretty_Lilly's avatar

I guess it would be OK as long as the pigs would receive 72 virgins in heaven for their sacrifice !

filmfann's avatar

My visual image is of the diplomat from Qatar in the airplane’s bathroom, trying to smoke a Camel. Allah will not be happy.

Zen_Again's avatar

I’ll have mine with some eggs and a side of bacon.

KatawaGrey's avatar

@filmfann: Interesting question! It was totally different than I thought. I am a vegetarian but I do not smoke nor have I ever. If I did smoke though, I imagine I would try filter-less cigarettes or, as @Haleth does, roll my own.

loser's avatar

Having a bit of trouble believing this one…

Captain_Fantasy's avatar

I heard cigarettes no longer have any tobacco in them because it’s cheaper to make cigarettes out of kittens, puppies and southeast Asian orphan children.

nimarka1's avatar

I am jewish and a smoker. It does not mean i’m going to stop smoking. Whatever article you read sounds ridiculous to me. Just because I am jewish doesn’t mean I am kosher, meaning I don’t eat pork and mix meat and dairy. Not all jews are kosher. Most Most Jews these days are not kosher. You did not have to single out Jews, Arabs, or vegetarians, just the smokers. If there is pigs blood in the filter, i’m not going to quit smoking for that reason. I already know cigarettes have thousands of chemicals that cause cancer, and kill people. If I quit smoking it would be for that reason!

Coloma's avatar

Just more hype and drama, what the world does best.

I smoke on occasion, mostly with cocktails…I think better a happy and relaxed smoker than a negative, angry cynic. lol

AstroChuck's avatar

You forgot Seventh Day Adventists.

JeffVader's avatar

….. I’m just concerned about what impact this will have on the Satanic community.

mattbrowne's avatar

A blessing and a curse. I think a lot of people working in cancer clinics will lose their job.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Oh dear. Won’t affect me though because I smoke unfiltered ones.

Fenris's avatar

@JeffVader : Probably start more of them on the deathsticks. and it’s not the blood they’re using, they strain the hemoglobin out. It’s used to trap oxidized compounds and other gasses, and if they could manufacture the protein, they would, because there’s things in our bodies that do jobs our manufacturing can’t dream of at the moment. There’s no pig’s blood in the filters unless there’s actual blood in the filters.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

Well it certainly is news to me. I’ll think twice before smoking.

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