Christopher Snowdon

The UN’s warning to Syrian smokers is beyond parody

14 June 2016 17:01

You really can’t make this stuff up. With hundreds of thousands of people dead and millions fleeing for their lives,…

The myth of the ‘middle class drink epidemic’

24 July 2015 11:48

With alcohol consumption falling every year for over a decade it is becoming increasingly difficult to sustain the myth that…

Vapers deserve to be angry – they are under attack

10 June 2015 18:09

There is a perception – on Twitter at least – that vapers are angry and abusive. Ben Goldacre recently described…

The anti-smoking pressure group whose wackiest ideas always become law

1 June 2015 19:30

Every few years, Action on Smoking and Health draws up a wish list of all the policies it would introduce…

The BBC swallows more fanatical nonsense from Action on Sugar

31 May 2015 15:15

Action on Sugar, the bastard offspring of Consensus Action on Salt, has noticed that dried fruit contains sugar. As with…

The new ban on ‘legal highs’ is unworkable. The government doesn’t even know what it’s banning

27 May 2015 23:19

The man in the pub’s solution to the ongoing panic about legal highs is to ban them. ‘Ban ‘em all!…

A tax on sugar won’t work, as the shipwreck of the Danish ‘fat tax’ shows

22 May 2015 15:10

Bad ideas die hard in the world of ‘public health’, especially when the government can make money out of them.…

Ten years on, the public health puritans who predicted 24-hour drinking look like idiots

20 May 2015 12:29

One of the many old temperance beliefs that linger on in the field of ‘public health’ is known as availability…

Obesity isn’t a ‘disease’, whatever the American Medical Association may think

15 May 2015 11:30

This week, The Guardian informed us, a study revealed the ‘scale of the British public’s denial about weight problems’. Data…

‘Binge Britain’ has ended. Get over it

13 May 2015 10:58

A certain amount of amnesia is required if you are to believe everything the ‘public health’ lobby tells you. Alcohol…

Ignore the latest fad theory. The ‘secret’ of weight loss is to eat fewer calories than you burn

11 May 2015 9:25

Before I got sidetracked by bogus obesity predictions, I was discussing the equally bogus controversy about whether physical inactivity is…

I don’t trust these latest obesity predictions from the nanny state

6 May 2015 22:05

Seventy-four per cent of men and 64 per cent of women in Britain will be overweight or obese by 2030, or…

Why are we getting fat while exercising so much? Try reading George Orwell

5 May 2015 17:52

Last week I mentioned a widely reported article in the British Journal of Sports Medicine which claimed that ‘physical activity…

Cheap alcohol leads to violent crime, say ‘experts’. Where’s the evidence?

29 April 2015 14:10

Stanley Cohen, the legendary criminologist and author of Folk Devils and Moral Panics, once commented on ‘the unique dilemma of…

The dodgy science behind the claim that exercise doesn’t help you lose weight

27 April 2015 14:00

You may have heard the news that the nation’s doctors have had a change of heart about physical activity and…

Rushing to judgement on the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’

20 December 2013 16:35

Ed Miliband’s pledge to crack down on the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’  is a significant moment in the extraordinary moral…

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Why is the government so confident minimum alcohol pricing will work?

26 November 2012 10:38

Given the decidedly mixed record of minimum alcohol pricing around the world, why is the government so sure it will…