Greetings fellow dopers,
For an average person with no pre-existing health conditions, which is more damaging to long-term overall health, a candy bar or a cigarette? While the answer to this first question is probably obvious, for the sake of empiricism let’s say the candy bar is a standard Snickers bar, and the cigarette is a plain Marlboro.
Right off the top of my head, I am fairly certain the cigarette is more damaging; however, how about 20? Would the ensuing caloric and glycemic rise from such a huge amount of chocolate be better or worse than the cancer sticks?
If it turns out that indeed the chocophagery is worse, then is there a number where the level of unhealthiness balances out? Does it even work that way? I know there are a lot of variables here, so my hats pre-emptively off to anyone who ventures a solution.
In summary, my three questions are:
- a single cig or bar?
- 20 cigs or bars?
Thanks for your time,