You would hope that politicians – current or prospective – would rank improving the lives of their fellow citizens as one of their top priorities. Their approaches and methods would probably be different, with some viewing individual liberty as paramount and others willing to sacrifice certain freedoms for better health outcomes. Both of these groups ... Continue reading
Lifestyle Economics
Earlier this week, Hong Kong’s government decided to impose a full ban on the sale, manufacture and import of e-cigarettes. This is just the latest instalment in a worldwide regulatory clampdown on vaping. From Thailand to Turkey, more than 20 countries currently impose outright bans on the products, while many others, like Finland and New ... Continue reading
Disentangling ourselves from the EU after four decades will be fiendishly complicated but some elements of Brexit are refreshingly simple and uncontroversial. The recently enforced EU regulations on e-cigarettes are a case in point. Nobody seems to know what purpose is served by limiting vapers to tiny (10ml) bottles of fluid, limiting nicotine concentrations and ... Continue reading
Lifestyle Economics
E-cigarettes have become by far the most popular smoking cessation aid in the UK, helping hundreds of thousands of people - in Britain and further afield - to ditch cigarettes for good. But surprisingly, when we look around the world - we see countless examples of health authorities doing their best to obstruct the manufacture ... Continue reading
Lifestyle Economics
‘Excuse me, Miss, but you can’t smoke that in here’, is a phrase I’ve grown accustomed to hearing. I’ve been told off for vaping all over the place. In a rowdy beer-garden, on the train, even at a football match. Recently I got a ticking off for smoking – a real cigarette on this occasion ... Continue reading
Lifestyle Economics
Yesterday saw the publication of the first ever Nanny State Index. It looks at 32 criteria and 28 countries to identify the best and worst places to drink, smoke, vape and eat in the European Union. Finland comes top of the table thanks to its punitive taxes on alcohol, soft drinks and food, as well ... Continue reading