About the author

Christopher Snowdon was born in North Yorkshire in 1976 and lives with his wife, daughter and cat in Sussex. He studied history at Lancaster University before becoming a freelance journalist and author. In 2013, he became the director of lifestyle economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs. He writes for the online magazine Spiked, EA magazine, City Am and his own blog. His articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal and The Guardian and he regularly appears on radio and television discussing a range of social, political and economic issues.

He is the author of the internationally acclaimed Velvet Glove, Iron Fist and The Spirit Level Delusion. His latest book is The Art of Suppression: Pleasure, Panic and Prohibition since 1800 (published October 2011).

Snowdon's work encompasses a diverse range of topics including sin taxes, state funding of charities, happiness economics, quack science, public health regulation, gambling and the black market. His think tank publications include 'Aggressively Regressive', 'The Proof of the Pudding: Denmark's Fat Tax Fiasco', 'The Crack Cocaine of Gambling?', 'The Wages of Sin Taxes', 'Free Market Solutions in Health', 'Drinking in the Shadow Economy', 'Sock Puppets: How the government lobbies itself and why', 'Euro Puppets' and 'The Minimal Evidence for Minimum Pricing' (with John C. Duffy).

He is a vocal critic of the modern public health establishment which he believes has been corrupted by moral entrepreneurs and vested interests. His ambition is to die of a non-communicable disease.

Please send any e-mails for the author to author@velvetgloveironfist.com

Recent articles

The disease of 'public health' , Spiked
Ceci n'est pas une cigarette , Spiked
We're not wreckers. We just think The Spirit Level is bad social science, The Guardian
Un-level ground , Wall Street Journal
A brief period of celebration, The Free Society
Smoking ban health miracle is a myth, Environment & Climate News
Smoking out 'deniers' and 'dissidents', Spiked
Thirdhand smoke fever - another example of prejudice and propaganda, The Free Society
Interview with David Goerlitz, Spiked

"One of the best critics of paternalist excesses writing today and one of the few journalists exposing the shoddy science put out by many anti-tobacco researchers" - Jacob Grier

"His ability to find the methodological flaws within specific pieces of research, unearth and explain contrasting pieces of research, and present this set of conclusions in an accessible manner is a skill possessed by a comparative few and one for which his readers should be thankful." - Patrick Basham, Democracy Institute

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