Chris Snowdon writes for Spectator Health
Make no mistake, ‘public health’ policies do harm. They might not necessarily harm health, but they create all sorts of costs and spawn all sorts of unintended consequences. A watershed advertising ban would cost commercial broadcasters a great deal of money and have a negative impact on programming. If the ban were extended to all media – as Jamie intends – it would have a serious effect on newspapers, sport and the creative arts.
A ban on fast food outlets opening within 400 metres of a school would amount to a near-total ban on new competition in many urban areas. Prices would rise, choice would be restricted and quality would likely diminish. A ban on food discounting would hit shoppers in the pocket, create food waste and make retailers less efficient. Higher taxes on HFSS food would raise the cost of living and be particularly damaging for people on low incomes.
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Further IEA Reading: Killjoys: A Critique of Paternalism