When bad media strikes, only a very good infographic can show the public the real state of things.
The news is that the World Health Organization (WHO) classified cured and processed meat as Group 1 carcinogens, same group as tobacco and asbestos. So jerked beef can cause cancer, but it doesn´t mean they cause cancer as frequently or in the same way as cigarettes do. But a lot of articles said so.
To clear things up, the Cancer Research UK published three very good infographics showing how different is the risk of cancer smoking and eating red processed meat.