Health warnings should not make products “socially unacceptable”


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Christopher Snowdon, IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics, has commented on a paper, published by the University of Stirling, linking more prominent health warnings on alcohol products with an increased stigmatisation of drinking.

Christopher argues that the role of health warnings is not to repel the consumer, but to provide them with impartial information about the product’s impact on their health.

“Health warnings are not intended to make products “unappealing”… They are supposed to give people important information that they might not otherwise have access to. Once consumers are appropriately informed, they can do what the damn well like.”

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