– On 27th November the government published a brief policy paper justifying its focus on the hospitality sector in the new post-lockdown tier system; – It pointed to four types of "tenuous" evidence, which have little relevance to pubs in Britain today; – Since July, the hospitality sector has introduced a number of new measures ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon quoted in the Daily Mail

"Health warnings on salt packets will do nothing for public health and everything to continue infantilising the British public, eroding individual responsibility for what we choose to eat", says Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Christopher was responding to a group of doctors who have demanded the warnings, suggesting ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon writes for The Telegraph

US lawmakers are exploiting a "contrived panic" around vaping to bring in the excessive regulation they have always wanted, argues Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Writing for the Telegraph online, Christopher says that while the media and the Centre for Disease Control have "played dumb" on acknowledging the ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon quoted by the Mail Online

It is too early to tell if minimum unit pricing has had any positive effect on health, says Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at IEA. Responding to new figures from Newcastle University, Christopher said that the research did not "reflect the trends in Scotland under minimum pricing" and that in fact "sales figures show ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon quoted in the Daily Telegraph

As the British Psychological Society suggests using the phrase "living with obesity" rather than calling people obese, Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs, says the difference is "negligible". Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Christopher also said “the idea that we should de-stigmatise obesity while encouraging the government to ‘approach ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood writes for The Times

An increasing moral panic over vaping is leading to tighter regulations which could mean people continue smoking traditional cigarettes, says Mark Littlewood, Director-General of the Institute of Economic Affairs. Writing his regular column for The Times Business, Mark notes that - although smoking has declined - there are still 34 million smokers in the United ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon quoted in the Daily Telegraph

"Government policy [on sugar] has failed to change consumer behaviour, whilst putting financial strain on the lowest earners in Britain" says Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Quoted in the Daily Telegraph, Christopher points out that despite sugar taxes, food reformulation programmes, and an anti-sugar programme, overall sugar consumption ... Continue reading
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Commenting on figures showing an increase in sugar consumption in England, Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs, said: "That sugar consumption has risen despite a concerted anti-sugar campaign, a sugar tax and a sugar reduction scheme shows that government policy has failed to change consumer behaviour, whilst putting financial strain ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon responds to new research

Commenting on figures presented to the British Association for the Study of the Liver (BASL) conference in Glasgow on the impact of minimum unit pricing in Scotland, Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs, said: “These claims are based on unpublished research and do not reflect the trends in Scotland ... Continue reading
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Mark Littlewood joins the Spiked! podcast

Mark Littlewood, Director-General of the Institute of Economic Affairs, joins Tom Slater and Christopher Snowdon as the guest on the latest episode of the Spiked! podcast Last Orders. Mark, Tom, and Christopher sit down to discuss the government’s mad plan to cut our calories, America’s moral panic over vaping, and Britain’s ban on sexist adverts. Listen ... Continue reading