Responding to calls from Action on Sugar to extend the sugar tax to pre-mixed alcoholic drinks, IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon said: "The tax on pre-mixed alcoholic drinks is at least four times higher than the tax on sugary drinks. Action on Sugar and the Alcohol Health Alliance are kidding themselves if they think ... Continue reading
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Christopher Snowdon writes for Spiked!

Writing for Spiked!, IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics, Christopher Snowdon, reflects on the legacy of prohibition. Christopher warns that as the memory of the era fades history may well be rewritten by those who claim that prohibition was a groundbreaking public-health initiative which worked better than you think. Read the full article here.... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon quoted in the Sun

Head of lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs responded to new NHS guidance to pharmacists that they should encourage customers to review their lifestyle choices, including their diet and alcohol intake. Quoted in The Sun, Christopher Snowdon said: “I suspect the majority of customers would feel as offended by a pharmacist commenting on ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon quoted in the Telegraph

“Nice seams to think that GPs and pharmacists have nothing better to do than deliver banal health lectures to the public" says Christopher Snowdon, IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics. Commenting on the new NHS guidance that says chemists should encourage shoppers to lose weight, cut their alcohol intake and quit other unhealthy habits, Christopher argued ... Continue reading
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Christopher Snowdon quote in the Spectator

Research by the IEA's Head of Lifestyle Economics, Christopher Snowdon, was featured in the Spectator by former IEA Associate Director Kate Andrews. The article linked to Christopher's article which shows that the sugar tax has not meaningfully reduced obesity anywhere it has been implemented. Read the full article here.  ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood writes for The Times

A century on from prohibition, the lesson we have failed to learn is that "liberalisation and educating people about risks are almost always the best ways to deal with dangerous products and services, argues the IEA's Director General Mark Littlewood. Writing his biweekly column for The Times, Mark argues that "when bans and restrictions are ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon quoted in the Daily Telegraph

The Daily Telegraph featured the IEA’s report Vox Pop: Why banning energy drinks doesn’t make sense, with author and IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon quoted at length. Christopher argued that “The government is not proposing a ban on the sale of drinks which have a higher caffeine or sugar content – and nor ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon quoted in the Daily Mail

The Mail Online featured the IEA's report Vox Pop: Why banning energy drinks doesn’t make sense, with author and IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon quoted at length. Christopher argued that there is a lack of scientific evidence to back the government's proposed ban on the sale of energy drinks to teenagers, calling it ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon quoted in The Sun

While ministers want to stop under-16s buying products such as Monster and Red Bull due to high caffeine and sugar levels, the IEA warns a ban makes little sense as teens get just 11 per cent of their total caffeine from energy drinks — with more coming from tea. Featured in The Sun the IEA's ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon writes for the Telegraph

Banning the sale of energy drinks to minors on the basis of their sugar and/or caffeine content "would set a troubling precedent" argues Head of Lifestyle Economics, Christopher Snowdon. Writing for the Daily Telegraph, Christopher highlights the lack of scientific evidence to support the government's proposed ban on the sale of energy drinks to teenagers. ... Continue reading