Christopher Snowdon writes for City AM

Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the IEA, has written an article for City AM on a recent study claiming that "90 per cent of all “sin taxes” on tobacco, alcohol and soft drinks in the US are paid by just 20 per cent of households. Eighty per cent of the taxes are paid ... Continue reading
Lifestyle Economics

Christopher Snowdon writes for the Express

Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the IEA, has commented on the government's Health and Care Bill, which MPs will vote on today. The Bill, which targets the sale of junk food, will, as Chris highlights, "impose some of the most draconian restrictions on the sale and marketing of food anywhere in the world." ... Continue reading
Healthcare
MPs will vote today on the Health and Care Bill. This legislation has much to commend it to Conservative MPs. It is not yet another top-down reorganisation of the health service. Indeed, it is not a reorganisation of the NHS at all. Instead, it is designed to integrate the NHS, social care and local authorities ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon quoted in the Daily Mail

The World Health Organisation has announced a new 'global action plan' which wants  governments to reduce drinking per capita by 20 per cent by 2030. Reacting to the story, IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics, Christopher Snowdon, told the Daily Mail: "I think they are playing a long game here. The target cannot be enforced and ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon writes for City AM

IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics, Christopher Snowdon, has written for City AM on Scotland's failed experiment with a lower drink driving limit. Evidence suggests that despite the hope of reducing drink driving accidents, the lower limit was not associated with a decline in road traffic accidents. Instead, the policy damaged the pub trade. Christopher said: ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon writes for The Critic

In an article for The Critic, IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon commented on the World Health Organisation's (WHO) decision to appoint the UK to lead a new Sugar and Calorie Reduction Network to take global action on sugar and calorie reduction. The scheme will be run by the new Office for Health Improvement ... Continue reading
Responding to reports the government is seeking advice on making nitrous oxide possession, also known as laughing gas, a crime, Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at free market think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs, said: "This a futile gesture from a government addicted to banning things. Drug-related mortality is at a record high, ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon quoted in The Spirits Business Magazine

The Alcohol Health Alliance has called on the government to include alcoholic drinks in its plan to ban junk food adverts after 9PM. IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon was quoted in The Spirits Business expressing his annoyance at nanny statists wishing to ban the marketing of products they personally dislike. Christopher said: "Boris ... Continue reading
Lifestyle Economics
Last year the World Health Organization launched a public consultation on its draft "Global Alcohol Strategy to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol". It is not obvious that the world needs an alcohol strategy, nor does it seem an obvious priority for the WHO in the middle of a pandemic. National governments are quite capable ... Continue reading
Lifestyle Economics

Christopher Snowdon writes for City AM

IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics, Christopher Snowdon, has penned an op-ed for City AM, criticising the World Health Organisation's (WHO) stance on vaping, arguing the evidence suggest vaping is a healthier alternative for smokers which should not be penalised. Christopher said: "From the perspective of health, it might be better if nobody smoked or vaped, ... Continue reading