It should be news to no one that smoking tobacco is bad for you, which is why there are now at least 1,129 entirely smoke-free college campuses—indoors and out—in the U.S. But if school officials think that smoking is bad but eating meat is OK, they need to get the smoke out of their eyes!
Nicotine is addictive. So are dairy products.
Cows naturally produce morphine, codeine, and other opiates in their livers, and all these can end up in their milk—and, ultimately, in your body. So when you hear people say that they’re “addicted to cheese,” they are!
Cigarettes are full of chemicals. So is your burger.
Yes, antibiotics and other artificial chemicals are fed to animals who are used for food. So people ingest those as well as all that artery-clogging cholesterol and saturated fat found in meat, eggs, and dairy products.
Smoking kills. Eating meat can nudge you closer to death too.
Meat consumption is linked to three of America’s biggest killers—heart disease, cancer, and strokes. Vegans have a lower risk of all three, plus we weigh less on average and live six to 10 years longer than meat-eaters.
And if you think secondhand smoke is bad, consider secondhand death! Every student who goes vegan will save more than 100 animals a year from the horrors of the meat industry, in which chickens and turkeys have their throats cut while they’re still conscious, piglets are castrated and have their tails cut off without being given painkillers, and cows are hung upside down and often skinned while they’re still able to feel pain.
Universities concerned about students’ health should encourage everyone to choose vegan meals and can do that by establishing an all-vegan dining hall—or even adopting a meat-free campus policy! You can help initiate these progressive steps by petitioning or passing a resolution in student government. E-mail us for tips on how to get your campus to quit “meating”!