Here’s a really good reason to quit smoking, especially if you are a Muslim or Jew – cigarettes may contain traces of pig’s blood.

Simon Chapman, Professor in Public Health from the University of Sydney points to a recent Dutch research which identified 185 different industrial uses of a pig – including the use of its haemoglobin in cigarette filters.

The research found  pig haemoglobin – a blood protein – was being used to make cigarette filters more effective at trapping harmful chemicals  before they could enter a smoker’s lungs.

Prof Chapman said while tobacco companies had voluntarily listed the product’s contents on their websites, they also noted undisclosed “processing aids … that are not significantly present in, and do not functionally affect the finished product”.

“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.”

This “all encompassing reasoning” hides from public view an array of chemicals and other substances used in the making of tobacco products, he said.

At least one cigarette brand sold in Greece was confirmed as using pig haemoglobin in its processes, Prof Chapman said, and the status of smokes sold worldwide was unknown.

“If you’re a smoker and you’re of Islamic or Jewish faith then you’d probably would want to know, and there is no way of finding out,” Prof Chapman said.

The fact of the matter is, even without traces of pig blood, cigarettes are Haram.

Allah said, “Spend in the way of Allah and do not cast into destruction with your own hand. Be gooddoers; Allah loves the gooddoers.” (al-Baqara: 195).

In essence, the facts are clear, even doubled up with this recent finding. It should lay down, once for all, strong compelling reasons for all Muslims to finally quit smoking. Not only its bad for your body, its also bad for your soul.

25 Responses

  1. Kamarul Aznam

    what i want to know is: why didn’t any of the Muslim owned universities detected this? Where are our scholars?!

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  2. Yoyo

    @Kamarul, maybe they’re too busy snooping for khalwats and zinas. And also too busy with whose tudung is the most ‘labuh’.

    Well, time to stop smoking.

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  3. Kamarul Aznam

    I totally agree. Lets start working to solve the global problems of the ummah.

    As the Kelantanese would say, “Just Do It”. The same goes for us to quit smoking :D

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  4. lamLam

    why cares if CIGARETTES CONTAIN PIG BLOOD…. Smoking without pig stuffs is already HARAM

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  5. My name is Khan

    Saya rasa mmg takkan timbul masalah ni kalau pengeluar lebih peka dgn kehendak pengguna Islam. Ini lebih ketara dgn produk makanan. PPIM mesti campur tangan!

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  6. Valera6

    Wow! Thank you! I always wanted to write in my site something like that. Can I take part of your post to my blog?

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  7. radiowerbung

    my God, i thought you were going to chip in with some decisive insght at the particular end there, not leave it

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    • HalalMedia Admin

      Thank you very much for the supporting information. There definitely a need for closer cooperations between all Halaal proponents around the world.

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  8. Seasons

    Best you could edit the page name Cigarettes may contain pig blood | Halal Media to something more generic for your blog post you make. I loved the the writing even sononetheless.

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  9. HalalMedia Admin

    Which one you’re more offended with – the pig or the blood?

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  10. Virgin Cigarette

    As-Salamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatu

    This website offers a Halal Cigarette: http://www.virgincigarette.com

    Yes, most people are unaware of the ingredients because the tobacco companies hadn’t disclosed this because they claimed that it is part of the “flavor” and it its formulation is a “trade secret”. Also, tobacco is not a food, so it is was never regulated by the FDA. Due to the high rate of illnesses associated with smoking, Big Tobacco was forced to release a list of ingredients. Many of the ingredients are put into the tobacco to help speed up the drying process and protect the crops from insects. The rest, like pig urine (urea), is added for “flavor”. Tobacco companies do not care if the product is Halal, and it seems that most Muslims are too ignorant to notice that cigarettes do not have a Halal symbol. It is Sunnah to always ask what is in something before you consume it.

    Just like when people are trapped in a burning building, the smoke that people inhale is what causes death. With cigarettes, it’s just a slower process of dying. The poisons within cigarettes are just as Haram as intentionally inhaling smoke. Pig products, animal products that were not slaughtered Islamically, and alcohol are Haram to touch or inhale or eat. This is a fact that no scholar of Islam will dispute about.

    The company that I mentioned above sells a smoke-free alternative to cigarettes. It uses harmless water vapor and Halal flavorings. All the ingredients they use are from plants, only.

    Sahih Bukhari Volume 7, Book 71, Number 670:

    Narrated Abu Huraira:

    The Prophet said, “Whoever purposely throws himself from a mountain and kills himself, will be in the (Hell) Fire falling down into it and abiding therein perpetually forever; and whoever drinks poison and kills himself with it, he will be carrying his poison in his hand and drinking it in the (Hell) Fire wherein he will abide eternally forever; and whoever kills himself with an iron weapon, will be carrying that weapon in his hand and stabbing his abdomen with it in the (Hell) Fire wherein he will abide eternally forever.”

    (Qur’an)
    وَأَنفِقُواْ فِي سَبِيلِ اللّهِ وَلاَ تُلْقُواْ بِأَيْدِيكُمْ إِلَى التَّهْلُكَةِ وَأَحْسِنُوَاْ إِنَّ اللّهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُحْسِنِينَ

    English: “And spend of your substance in the cause of Allah, and make not your own hands contribute to (your) destruction; but do good; for Allah loveth those who do good.” (2:195)

    Most E Cigarettes contain alcohol or animal ingredients. At least Virgin Cigarette is a Muslim owned company that offers an alternative to Muslims who fear Allah (azza wa jal) and want to avoid evil.

    See the full list of ingredients and do whatever you can to help the Ummah to quit smoking.
    http://www.virgincigarette.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=97&Itemid=173
    May Allah (azza wa jal) make it easy for all the Muslims.

    Jazakum Allahu Khairun

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