A competing risks analysis of the Harvard Nurses’ Health Study compares the danger of smoking cigarettes to the danger of animal product consumption (cholesterol), and the benefits of plant foods (fiber) to the benefits of exercise.
Similar comparisons have been made between the risk of smoking and eating processed meat (see Prevention Is Better Than Cured Meat), and cell phone use and processed meat (see Do Cell Phones Cause Cancer? and Hot Dogs & Leukemia). Though healthy eating may help mediate the devastating effects of smoking (see Smoking Versus Kale Juice; Preventing COPD With Diet; and Treating COPD With Diet), if you do smoke, please stop. As a physician, I’ve just seen too many good people die horrible deaths from cigarettes. Here at NutritionFacts.org, check out my videos on nuts; my videos on exercise; my videos on fiber; and my videos on oats.
For more context, check out my associated blog posts: Stool Size and Breast Cancer Risk; Eating To Extend Our Lifespan; The True Shelf Life of Cooking Oils; Cholesterol Lowering in a Nut Shell; Nuts Don’t Cause Expected Weight Gain; Top 10 Most Popular Videos of the Year; Boosting Gut Flora Without Probiotics; Treadmill Desks: Stand Up For Health; Plant-Based Diets for Metabolic Syndrome; Go Nuts for Breast Cancer Prevention; and Treating Parkinson’s Disease with Diet.