IEA - Comparing drinking to smoking is pointless and misleading
Christopher Snowdon comments on a new study in the journal BMC Public Health
Commenting on a new study – published in the open access journal BMC Public Health – which calculates alcohol cancer risk in cigarette equivalents , Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs said:
“This is a shameless attempt to conflate drinking with smoking, by activist-academics who want to regulate alcohol like tobacco.
“The pointless and misleading comparison between drinking a bottle of wine a week and smoking ten cigarettes a week (1.4 a day) overlooks the fact that people who drink a bottle of wine a week live longer than those who do not drink at all.”
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