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Emine Saner: For decades fruit juice has been seen as a healthy option. Then this week a primary school banned it after claims that it's as bad for you as Coca-Cola. But how big a health risk does it pose?
The growing obesity epidemic could be “halted or reversed” in less than five years if the food industry makes cuts the amount of “hidden sugar” in our food, leading doctors have said.
Essential reading. Lots of economics here.
demerit good; addiction; negative externality
A new advertising campaign uses graphic images of polluted blood flowing through the body in an attempt to urge smokers to quit.
A non-partisan factcheck organisation campaigning for accuracy in public debate.
NHS hospitals have been advised to ban smoking on their premises and prohibit staff from facilitating patients who want to smoke, according to new guidance.
Video talking about raising the minimum age and a Minimum price. Can you come up with some other ways to reduce consumption of cigarettes?
Mums will be offered vouchers for John Lewis, Matalan or supermarkets as part of an experiment aimed at boosting breastfeeding.
Think about the impact of changes and whether they will have any real effect.
How effective would the Government measures be?
How elastic are these products? Does that make a difference ?
Supermarket giant promises to improve processes and educate customers to cut waste
Can government policy be used to reduce the amount of food wasted?
People at most risk from flu this winter should make sure they get vaccinated against the virus, says Public Health England.
Classic example of Positive Externalities in Consumption. Essential reading.
Thousands of lives could be saved each year in the UK if people walked more, according to a report from two charities.
A good example of Positive Externalities.
Time to get moving ...
Minimum pricing on alcohol per unit to cover the externality cost
A pressure group says flavoured water, yoghurts, ketchup, ready meals and bread are among the everyday foods loaded with sugar.
Good article of govt. intervention! #externalities #marginalsocialbenefit and costs
Calls are growing for high sugar drinks to be taxed in the same way as cigarettes to curb rising obesity. Does the drinks industry's resistance echo that of ...
#CocaColaSugar #InformationFailiure #NegativeExternalities
Paxman giving Coca-Cola a grilling. Is Coke a demerit good?
Great application of the external cost concept to a real world situation. Take note all you young, budding car drivers.
Correcting Market Failure
reduces amount of gum disease in children
A 20% tax could reduce demand and fight obesity and tooth decay, but some researchers claim taxing food is politically unworkable.
A good example of possible government intervention.
A refreshing new source of tax revenue LA MANSION steakhouse inside Mexico’s lower house of Congress has become the headquarters of a lobbying effort the likes of...
Lung conditions are the cause of one in 10 of all deaths in Europe and smoking is a major factor, says a report from European Respiratory Society.