Chris Snowdon

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Chris Snowdon is director of lifestyle economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs, and author of The Art of Suppression: Pleasure, Panic and Prohibition since 1800.

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This week marks the 10 year anniversary of the smoking ban in England, and tobacco is once again making headlines. [...]

26 June
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There was a time when the House of Lords defended our ancient liberties against mendacious governments. The whole idea of unelected [...]

10 February
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Among the many petty new rules being introduced in the EU's Tobacco Products Directive, which comes into force tomorrow, is [...]

19 May
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In just over two weeks, 20 May will be a big day for smokers and vapers - but I wonder how many know it. [...]

3 May
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George Osborne’s decision to put a sin tax on fizzy drinks confirmed that there is no escape from the nanny state in Britain, [...]

31 March
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George Osborne’s Budgets have a reputation for pulling populist rabbits out of hats. [...]

16 March
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You get the impression from sugar tax campaigners that nobody has ever tried taxing food and soft drinks before. [...]

13 January
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I have been predicting for years that the day will come when the recommended drinking level falls to zero. Today’s lowering [...]

8 January
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A decade ago today, the Licensing Act came into force. [...]

24 November
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The news that the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has placed ham and bacon in [...]

26 October
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Last month, Royal Holloway University released a new study which received zero media attention. [...]

11 September
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There is a persistent belief that drinkers are a burden on the British taxpayer. In the narrative of ‘Booze Britain’, Accident [...]

3 September
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It should now be clear to anyone who still needs confirmation that secondhand smoke was only ever the excuse, rather than the [...]

13 August
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With one third of children now overweight or obese, we’re in the midst of an obesity crisis that is placing a burden on our [...]

16 January
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One hundred years ago today, President Woodrow Wilson approved the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act, the US’s first national legislation [...]

17 December
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