Cigarette filters may contain pig's blood, academic warns

An Australian academic has warned that cigarette filters may contain traces of pig's blood, in news that will spark concerns among smokers.

Cigarette filters may contain pig's blood, academic warns

An Australian academic has warned that cigarette filters may contain traces of pig’s blood, in news that will spark concerns among smokers.

University of Sydney professor, Simon Chapman, said recent Dutch research had identified 185 separate industrial uses for a pig – including the use of haemoglobin in cigarette filters.

The protein, found in red blood cells, increases the effectiveness of filters in trapping harmful chemicals before they enter a smoker’s lung, the research showed.

Tobacco firms are not required to disclose full content lists for cigarettes, Prof Chapman said.

"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," he told the Sydney Daily Telegraph.

“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.”

A number of tobacco companies do voluntarily list the ingredients of their products.

However, they also utilise the catch-all phrase ‘processing aids’ to hide an array of chemicals and other substances included in cigarettes, Prof Chapman said.

“If you're a smoker and you're of Islamic faith, you probably would want to know and there is no way of finding out.”

Muslim religious texts specifically ban the consumption of pork

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