On the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Surgeon General's first report on health hazards of cigarette smoking, that office released a report linking smoking to several chronic diseases. In addition to lung and oral cancer, high blood pressure, and heart disease, the newly linked diseases include diabetes, erectile dysfunction, cancer of the colon and liver, and stroke.
The parallels between cigarette smoking and meat consumption are uncanny:
• The chronic diseases linked to both activities and the associated costs of medical care and lost productivity are comparable