In a word, no. But the WHO has confirmed the link between processed meat consumption and an increased risk of bowel cancer. And it would seem that we are eating more than we should.
So, should we stop eating processed meat? That is the question. Lets get some pespective. Reported on the webpage medicalxpress.com it was said that if 100 people were eating a bacon sandwich everyday containing approx. 50g of bacon then statistically 7 of them could develop bowel cancer in their lifetime.
And as for the question as to whether or not it is as bad a smoking lets look at the numbers: 34,000 cancer deaths each year are attributed to eating a diet high in processed meats. Compare that to 1,000,000 each year caused by smoking….
The advice from the Department of Health is to eat the healthier cuts of meat and cut down on processed meats.