Recent research suggests that obesity has surpassed smoking in terms of ill health effects.
However, consider the disparity in media coverage (i.e. paid television advertising) warning us of the health implications of smoking cigarettes vs. eating junk food.
Having said that…based on statistics alone, is drinking a soda not unlike lighting up a cigarette? I’m not condoning or disparaging either, I’m just saying they are relatively equal in terms of health effects, so we should be aware of the consequences of our choices.
Here is an interesting chart from the article describing sodas effect on the body: