Chris Snowdon writes for The Telegraph

Chris Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for The Telegraph following the news that the NHS may deny smokers treatment. In his article Chris argues that if we set off down this path, there is no obvious end to it. There are thousands of avoidable risk factors for ... Continue reading
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Richard Thaler, a professor at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, was announced as this year’s winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics on Monday. Thaler is best-known for his contributions to the field of behavioural economics, alongside the 2002 winner Daniel Kahneman and former presidential adviser Cass Sunstein. Economists have never ... Continue reading

Chris Snowdon comments in The Guardian

Chris Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs has been quoted in The Guardian on whether or not the drinks industry have been downplaying the link between alcohol and cancer. In the article Chris argues that the authors of this report have cherry-picked quotes that do not fairly reflect scientific evidence. ... Continue reading
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Chris Snowdon writes for Spiked

Chris Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for Spiked Online on the suggestion that the NHS may begin encouraging people to exercise with free cinema tickets and discounted supermarket shops. In the article Chris argues that none of these freebies are actually going to be 'free'. They will ... Continue reading
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New IEA research features in The Sunday Express

New IEA research that finds the UK will be paying £23 billion in ‘sin taxes’ next year has featured in The Sunday Express. The article references the reports findings on how smoking, eating and drinking to excess may be bad for your health, but it is good news for the taxman. HMRC generates billions of ... Continue reading

Chris Snowdon appears on Newsnight

Chris Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs has appeared on BBC Newsnight to discuss the health of young adults in the north of England. In the interview Chris argues that the spike in deaths among men living in the north of England under the age of 45 in the 1990s ... Continue reading

New IEA research features in City AM

New IEA research that finds the UK will be paying £23 billion in ‘sin taxes’ next year has featured in City AM. The article references the report's findings that the UK government will make a total of £24.7 billion from so-called "sin taxes" by 2018, more than offsetting the cost smokers, drinkers and the obese ... Continue reading
Lifestyle Economics

New IEA research features in The Telegraph

New IEA research that finds the UK will be paying £23 billion in ‘sin taxes’ next year has featured in The Telegraph. The article quotes the report's calculations that smoking is worth almost £15 billion to the public purse because of the tax revenue and the savings from smokers' early deaths. The cost of smoking ... Continue reading
In these uncertain economic times, there is no better way for a lobbyist to get politicians' attention than by promising to save taxpayers billions of pounds. 'Public health' campaigners have long claimed that unhealthy lifestyles are a burden on the state, and their cost estimates seem to rise every year. The temperance lobby currently claims ... Continue reading
Research

UK will pay almost £25 billion in 'sin taxes' next year

Summary:  This discussion paper provides the first estimate of the net effect of smoking on UK taxpayers per annum. Up until now, estimates have used a methodology that typically includes intangible costs, including costs to smokers themselves, while ignoring tangible savings to the state and tax revenues from tobacco duty. We estimate a net saving ... Continue reading