Christopher Snowdon quoted in the Daily Mail (Scotland)

"Minimum pricing was supposed to bring an immediate reduction in alcohol-related mortality. Instead, drinks have had to spend millions more to buy the same amount" says Head of Lifestyle Economics, Christopher Snowdon. Quoted in the Daily Mail (Scotland), Christopher points out that with deaths due to alcohol on the rise in Soctland, the evidence so ... Continue reading
Commenting on new evidence from the Office for National Statistics showing that the number of alcohol-related deaths fell in England by 145, fell in Wales by 13 and rose in Scotland by 16, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs Christopher Snowdon said: “It’s welcome news that there were 158 fewer deaths ... Continue reading
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IEA research featured in the Daily Mail

The Daily Mail covered the IEA's recent report, revealing the UK spends £45 million in foreign aid money on 'nanny state' projects, including almost £7 million to help families in China reduce their salt intake. Mark Tovey, author of the IEA’s ‘Nanny State on Tour’ report, said: ‘The British government is generous in its foreign ... Continue reading
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IEA research covered by the Daily Express

The British foreign aid budget is being "misallocated" on lifestyle interventions abroad, reports the Daily Express. Covering a new report from the Institute of Economic Affairs, the Express reports on numerous examples of millions of pounds of UK taxpayers' money being spent on anti-obesity and anti-tobacco campaigns in some of the world's poorest countries. Read ... Continue reading

IEA publishes "Nanny State on Tour"

The amount of UK foreign aid spent on nanny state interventions has skyrocketed, according to a new report from the Institute of Economic Affairs. Foreign aid has been instrumental in controlling and eradicating infectious conditions abroad, but British public health organisations have increasingly used the budget for lifestyle interventions in foreign countries - and the ... Continue reading

IEA report covered by The Sun

The Sun has reported on a new IEA report which reveals £45 million of taxpayers' money has been spent on ‘nanny state’ foreign aid. Author of the report Mark Tovey said "Misallocating UK aid money on nanny-state projects instead of targeted and effective programmes costs lives." IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics, Christopher Snowdon, added "Foreign ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon quoted by the Mail Online

Government shouldn't "suck the fun" out of fireworks by forcing them to be sold in plain packaging with clear warnings says Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Responding to a proposal from the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) for fireworks to be sold in "cigarette-style ... Continue reading
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Christopher Snowdon writes for Spiked!

Makers of Irn-Bru, once the "blue-eyed boy" of the public health lobby who boasted of their drinks reformulations designed to remove sugar, have reaped the economic consequences with falling sales and complaining customers, says Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Writing for Spiked!, Christopher points out that AB Barr ... Continue reading

IEA research quoted by BBC News

BBC News has featured IEA research as part of a piece on possible future cannabis legalisation. The article looks at the impact of alcohol prohibition in the United States, its impact on consumption and pricing, and asks what lessons we can learn when it comes to cannabis. 'Joint Venture', published by the IEA in 2018 ... Continue reading
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Christopher Snowdon writes for Spiked!

Despite being initially reluctant to because the face of British killjoyism, Dame Sally Davies moved - bit by bit - to backing "outrageously illiberal" policies, says Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Writing for Spiked!, Christopher says the outgoing Chief Medical Officer has backed a number of "swivel-eyed proposals" ... Continue reading