Twitchy regulars might remember that it was just last week that a new report by the World Cancer Research Fund had determined that no amount of bacon, sausage, or alcohol could be considered safe to consume — which led many patriotic Americans to tell the WCRF they could pry the bacon from their cold, greasy hands.
So now that bacon, sausage, and alcohol are out of the picture, where do things stand for summer barbecues? It doesn’t look good — according to another study conducted in China, it’s not just eating meat that’s been grilled that’s a cancer risk; just being around barbecue smoke is bad for you … and you don’t even have to inhale it.
— South Florida Sun Sentinel (@SunSentinel) May 29, 2018
The Daily Meal reports that a new study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology says carcinogens can actually be absorbed through your skin:
Protecting yourself from billows of grill smoke isn’t so simple, if you do choose to do what you can to mitigate your risk. Wearing long sleeves and pants may help, reported LiveScience — but only for a short period of time. PAHs [polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons] quickly saturate the fibers of your clothes, according to further testing from the Chinese study. Your porous skin is then at risk for soaking up the chemicals until you change your outfit.
Your best bet for avoiding PAHs is to stay inside. If you’re the one manning the grill, the researchers recommend wearing protective clothing while you cook and changing immediately afterward.
So, all summer barbecues are off, then?
I guess that summer is cancelled. https://t.co/wVJNj5I7KD
— Freddie Coleman (@ColemanESPN) May 29, 2018
Delete your account https://t.co/U1fq6WyJDF
— General Deplorable (@HouseCracka) May 29, 2018
— King (@KingofQuatsch) May 29, 2018
"Life could kill you, study finds" https://t.co/9XZW0wn8rO
— Angry Staff Officer (@pptsapper) May 29, 2018
Get the hell out of here with this https://t.co/iLc94NqlWd
— Kyle Baxter (@kbaxter) May 29, 2018
— Burg (@BurgerVonStadt) May 30, 2018
How did he pass?
Mesquite Smoke Absorption.
Was it quick at least?
Low and slow, He had a rack a day habit. https://t.co/VqA3UCii8S
— Bob Ross (@Icannotpaint) May 30, 2018
Y'all act like this is going to stop me. https://t.co/SBS6Lb0VCR
— Nathan White (@NPWhite717) May 30, 2018
yeah, whatever. bring it. https://t.co/NbP8u1MAM0
— Dirk MacGirk (@dirkmacgirk) May 31, 2018
I don’t care. https://t.co/4yUgYK6ALX
— Sean Agnew (@seanagnew) May 30, 2018
Worth it https://t.co/ecsqQz9YBt
— Chris Bennett (@chrisgb00) May 29, 2018
I'm okay with it. https://t.co/021cXXoQwH
— Justus (@Justusabitoutsi) May 29, 2018
Barbecue is worth it. Every time. https://t.co/xGv9YofpqM
— Peculiar Baptist (@Basilthebaptist) May 30, 2018
What about barbecued meat absorbed through my face? https://t.co/cjuM5EN3EQ
— Jason Stanford (@JasStanford) May 29, 2018
Smelling like barbecue smoke is an aphrodisiac. Don't see any studies on that, do we? https://t.co/BKSnOI5ypC
— DCiphered (@DCiphered) May 30, 2018
I regret nothing. https://t.co/lWDoVl1HGN
— lune de miel (@ARPdid911) May 29, 2018
If a man hasn't found anything to die for, he isn't for to live. https://t.co/CAjLYzqByd
— Marcus Junius Brutus (@MarcJBrutus) May 30, 2018
Here for a good time, not a long time https://t.co/I7qYl3kUsN
— 1L Soon….. (@ThisIsAbdulS) May 29, 2018
Guys, it's been a good ride. https://t.co/WgvdrFir2K
— Six Foot One & (@tonsoffun57) May 30, 2018
I had a good run here https://t.co/pkw0oXh5qf
— Sante (@I_am_Syn_City) May 30, 2018
Ban barbecues. https://t.co/wjwZIBtQJ1
— Simon Cooke (@SimonMagus) May 30, 2018
— Jarrod Remer (@coach_remer) May 30, 2018
I'm tired of these "blank will give you cancer" stories. Unless it's as strong as standing next to a nuclear reactor, I'll just assume things will give me cancer. https://t.co/pZ3YIgGsZD
— Jack Heretik (@JackHeretik) May 30, 2018
Report: Cancer experts conclude that no amount of alcohol or bacon is safe https://t.co/rRxzYbeIXv
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) May 25, 2018