A new campaign is warning people about the dangers of consuming hot dogs by comparing it to cigarette use.

A huge billboard sponsored by the Cancer Project of the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine was placed near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, warning NASCAR Sprint Cup fans about the dangers of eating too many hot dogs.

The billboard featured an image of hot dogs sticking out of a cigarette pack with a warning that “hot dogs can wreck your health.”

“A hot dog a day can send you to an early grave,” said PCRM nutrition education director Susan Levin, M.S., R.D. “Processed meat like hot dogs can increase your risk for diabetes, heart disease and various types of cancer.

She suggested that hot dogs should come with a warning label, like packs of cigarettes.

According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, just one 50-gram serving or processed meat consumed daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer on average by 21 percent.



Photo Credit: Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine