Lifestyle Economics

Christopher Snowdon writes for Conservative Home

IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon has criticised the World Health Organisation for failing to embrace the use of e-cigarettes to reduce the consumption of tobacco in an op-ed for Conservative Home. Christopher said the "decision last month to give a special award to India for banning the sale of e-cigarettes was proof that ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon writes for Spiked

In an op-ed for Spiked, IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon analysed the ASH / APPG twelve recommendations which they hope will set the course for a ‘Smokefree 2030’. Christopher argued: "the ASH / APPG plan is not going to make Britain ‘smoke-free’ by 2030" because it "doubles down on the authoritarian, battering-ram, regressive and ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon quoted in Sky News article

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health has suggested raising the legal age of sale of tobacco from 18 to 21 in their mission to create a smoke free Britain by 2030. Christopher Snowdon, IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics, was quoted by Sky News in their coverage of the story. Christopher said: "If ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon quoted in the Yorkshire Times

IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon was quoted in the Yorkshire Times arguing that plans to raise the legal age of sale of tobacco to 21 was a "move towards prohibition". Christopher said: "Cigarettes are a legal product available to adults which, in the UK, means people aged 18 or over. If this All-Party ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon writes for The Telegraph

IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon has penned an op-ed for The Telegraph, condemning plans by health chiefs to impose outdoor smoking bans in counties across England. Christopher argued: "Battered by lockdowns, the hospitality industry is unlikely to welcome a policy that encourages its customers to stay at home. Since there is no conceivable ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon features in the Daily Express

IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon featured in a Daily Express article condemning plans to make Oxfordshire a smoke-free county with smoking in public places like beer gardens and outdoor restaurant tables prohibited. Christopher wrote: "We might dislike smoking, but we dislike puritanical busybodies and meddling bureaucrats even more" adding, "The nanny statists responsible ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions

Emily Carver writes for Conservative Home

In her bi-weekly article for Conservative Home, IEA Head of Media Emily Carver spoke out against the encroachment of the nanny state in our lives. Emily points to new legislation in the Queen's Speech, like the Online Safety Bill, as an example of state-overreach. The Bill is trying to protect people from lawful content, believing ... Continue reading
Lifestyle Economics

Mark Littlewood writes for The Times

In his bi-weekly article for The Times, IEA Director General Mark Littlewood has hit-out against nanny state policies included in the Queen's Speech last week. The government plans to ban 'junk food' advertisements on TV and online. Mark argued there is no hard evidence to suggest these policies would have the desired effect of solving ... Continue reading
Lifestyle Economics

Christopher Snowdon writes for CapX

In an op-ed for CapX, IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics and author of the Nanny State Index 2021, Christopher Snowdon, said his latest research shows an "unmitigated downward spiral" towards statism. Christopher said: "The most nannying countries do not have longer life expectancies, lower smoking rates, less obesity or fewer alcohol-related deaths than the ones ... Continue reading
Lifestyle Economics

IEA research featured in The Telegraph

The Telegraph has reported the annual IEA research paper The Nanny State Index 2021, authored by Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon, which ranks thirty European nations in terms of their regulation of lifestyle activities like drinking and smoking. The list establishes the most 'nannying' nations and the countries which give the greatest freedom to ... Continue reading