The problem with comparing meat and smoking cancer risk

The Guardian reports:

Comparing meat to tobacco, as most news organisations who’ve chosen to report this have done, makes it seem like a bacon sandwich might be just as harmful as a cigarette. This is absolutely not the case.

 

This Cancer Research UK infographic elegantly shows that while the evidence that processed meat causes cancer is as strong as for tobacco, the RISK from smoking is so much higher:

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