Backlash over ‘nanny state’ junk food ad ban

Christopher Snowdon quoted in the Daily Mail

Commenting on the junk food ad ban in the Daily Mail, IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon argued, “the government has never had a proper definition of ‘junk food’ because none exists“, and have exempted small businesses from  the ad ban in an effort to make the policy more tenable.

Christopher said this has led to major discrepancies with the ban: “an apple pie can be advertised by a café but not by the McDonalds next door. The local takeaway can advertise kebabs and pizzas but Asda cannot advertise cheese“.

Read the full reaction here.