Episode 8: The nanny state vs. electronic cigarettes: Chris Snowdon

May 8, 2017







Electronic cigarettes have been in widespread use since 2009. In the proceeding eight years, "e-cigs," as the devices are commonly called, have helped millions of smokers kick their toxic habit and lead healthier lives.


Naturally, the public health establishment is unhappy with this development. My guest today, Institute of Economic Affairs scholar Chris Snowdon, explains why so many tobacco researchers, mainstream science journalists and politicians are such fierce critics of e-cigs.




We also discuss the latest research into the health effects of e-cig use, the problems with government funding for science and why public health researchers are often the biggest threat to public health. 


Chris Snowdon is the director of lifestyle economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs in London England. He is the author of three books, including Velvet Glove, Iron Fist, a history of anti-smoking. He blogs at Velvet Glove, Iron Fist.









Produced by CJ Franchetto



Chris Snowdon's Books




















Resources mentioned on this episode


Annals of Internal Medicine Study

2015 Public Health England report on e-cigarettes

The Nanny State Index 2017


People mentioned 

Michael Siegel

Stanton Glantz

Thomas Sowell

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