‘We are losing the right to live our lives as we see fit’

Christopher Snowdon says plain packs and bans on e-cigs are another step closer to prohibition of tobacco.

Last week, the UK’s public-health lobby won two major victories in its self-righteous war on smoking, with the introduction of a ban on e-cigarettes in indoor public spaces in Wales and the announcement of the Coalition government’s final consultation on introducing plain packaging for tobacco products. How has the patronising logic of public health become so mainstream in British politics? Are we headed for an all-out ban on tobacco products, and a crackdown on anything else the public-health lobby deems unacceptable? And what ever happened to a life well lived, rather than a life of sober, health-obsessed longevity? We spoke to Christopher Snowdon, director of lifestyle economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs and the author of a number of books on the area, most recently The Art of Suppression: Pleasure, Panic and Prohibition since 1800.





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