Kate Andrews writes for City AM

Kate Andrews, News Editor at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for City AM on Trump's drug policy. Trump’s intervention should help to resolve issues of legal clarity, but more importantly, it is a signal that the federal government may be moving away from its failed drug policy. The drugs war has given an ... Continue reading
Lifestyle Economics

Chris Snowdon comments in The Sun

Chris Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs has commented in The Sun on new calls for alcohol limits to be lowered further. These calls are based on one study. Taken as a whole, the evidence suggests that people can drink in excess of 20 units a week before the risks ... Continue reading

Chris Snowdon comments in The Sun

Chris Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs has commented in The Sun following the news that UN health officials are considering a plan to outlaw fast food giants from doing charitable work with children. It is shocking that unelected bureaucrats at the UN are considering such a widespread ban on ... Continue reading

Chris Snowdon comments in The Sun

Chris Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs has commented in The Sun following the calls for a so-called meat tax. Chris argued that the Nanny State warriors are now teaming up with the vegetarians and eco-warriors to make meat more expensive. Fizzy drinks today, sausages tomorrow. It's time the government ... Continue reading

Chris Snowdon is quoted in the Metro

The sugar tax has arrived. The move, which is one of the Conservatives’ anti-obesity measures, is aiming to balance out the impact of obesity on the NHS. But whether or not the extra costs will be enough to deter those looking for sugar is not yet known. As well as the costs of drinks shooting up by ... Continue reading

Madeline Grant appears on Scotland Tonight

Madeline Grant appeared on Scotland Tonight to discuss the introduction of the sugar levy in the UK. She argued that consumers should be free to choose what they eat and drink. There is also little evidence to support the levy. In Mexico when a similar tax was tried, even the most generous estimates say only ... Continue reading

Chris Snowdon writes for Spectator Health

With the sugar tax taking effect in Britain on Friday, the Lancet has dedicated a whole issue to the wonders of taxation. It includes an opinion piece about sin taxes by the economist Larry Summers which aims to ‘dispel notions that are outdated, misleading, or simply wrong.’ Summers has recently become the co-chair of Michael Bloomberg’s Task Force on ... Continue reading
Lifestyle Economics

Chris Snowdon is quoted in the Sun

Taxes on food and drink hit poorer Brits hardest, a study claims. Researchers say levies on alcohol and cigarettes already account for a higher proportion of poor families’ incomes. Taxes on fizzy drinks, like the one taking effect in the UK from tomorrow, and on foods high in fat, sugar or salt would also clobber ... Continue reading

Chris Snowdon is quoted in the Daily Express

A global study found taxes on soft drinks, snacks, alcohol and tobacco are more likely to change the lifestyle behaviour of vulnerable poorer consumers. At the same time, most of the tax revenues would come from higher income households. Poorer sections of society are disproportionately affected by non-communicable diseases (NCDs) linked to lifestyle, such as heart disease, ... Continue reading

The sugar levy is a cynical revenue raising device

Ahead of the sugar levy taking effect in the UK, Christopher Snowdon of the Institute of Economic Affairs says: “Many countries have tried taxing soft drinks and none of them has seen a decline in obesity. The UK will be no different. The sugar levy is a cynical revenue raising device that will clobber people ... Continue reading