Why does right to consume appear more important than the right to health? In we argue hierarchy produced & reproduced by powerful narratives which health community must tackle and contradict, instead highlighting expansive possibility of health
A brilliant article on how the ‘nanny state’ discourse is a political tactic which create an unhelpful narrative for health – and how the public health community needs to respond to this and re-shape it
Great piece by , & on speaking the language of #PublicHealth and the need to see sugar, salt and portion size as a #RightToHealth issue not “sin” taxes
"Using 'nanny state' language serves to deflect from issues of how choice is manufactured and shaped by industry. Where regulation could be seen to expand our ability to live healthy lives, it is instead portrayed as an external threat to our autonomy."
#SinTax vs #Syntax? #Nannystate narratives paint health regulation as restrictive - but the expansive possibility of promoting the #RightToHealth to prevent #NCDs is possible. It's up to #publichealth to get this right #CommercialDeterminantsofHealth
#Narratives crucial to shaping public opinion! #Publichealth needs to step up & prioritise right to health > right to consume Great piece by in #NCDs #SDoH #CDoH
Syntax and the “sin tax”: the power of narratives for health "What can the appeal of moralistic & derogatory language (“sin taxes”, “nanny state”) tell us about public perceptions of how health is regulated?" (Thanks, .) #BeatNCDs #healthpolicy
Why do we “see consumption as a democratic #humanright and #health an individual responsibility”? Industry is also brilliant at exploiting #gender norms. Read, Syntax and the “sin tax”: the power of narratives for health
Consumption not a "free choice" but a heavily influenced one, from portion sizes to use of #gender to market goods. Yet freedom to consume remains dominant idea in societies, which health regulation appears to threaten, argue Centre Fellows in
THIS BLOG highlights how critical language and comms can be to #policy agenda setting. Boris' recent criticism of “sin taxes”, and the “continuing creep of the nanny state” "undermine the acceptability of state interventions to protect population #health"
Great piece in opinion from , , and about how fighting chronic diseases involves winning a narrative war that many NCD advocates don't even know to fight
"The idea, that taxes represent an intrusion, interference or removal of choice, is based on the twin (and wrong) assumptions that consumption expands choice, while regulation limits it" PS: The text in parentheses is mine via
If you haven't read last week's must read on narratives of power for health, read it now Great to see it featured among the most read pieces!
"A troubling hierarchy has come to be largely accepted: one that places the freedom and right to consume as paramount to the freedom and right to health and healthy environments."
"Syntax and the 'sin tax': the power of narratives for health" - , & : "Where regulation could be seen to expand our ability to live healthy lives, it is instead portrayed as an external threat to our autonomy."
When portion sizes, sugar & salt content are predetermined by corporations & products are sold using advertising that exploits “free” choice becomes a moot point. “Nanny state” language deflects from or conceals how choice is manufactured by corporations
Very interesting read on the PM challenge and how health financing is used to make the case for more or less government - Syntax and the “sin tax”: the power of narratives for health - ⁦⁩ #UK #health
Useful article from & on how the 'nanny state' arguement captures support and how best campaigners can respond
#PublicHealth is political. This insightful piece by , & gets at how we need to do a better job of reframing public health regulations- like #STAX- against powerful (and disingenuous) notions like freedome of choice
. "The idea that taxes represent an intrusion, interference or removal of choice, is based on the twin assumptions that consumption expands choice, while regulation limits it." So what can the health community do to tackle this? #NCDs #CDoH 👇
This is a great, timely piece . Perhaps the message to consumers 'you've been had' could replace the narrative on sin taxes... #publichealth #overconsumption
Syntax and the “sin tax”: the power of narratives for health. “the public health community needs to move beyond debating the cost-effectiveness of interventions, and engage with the underlying political nature of the issue.” et al.
Syntax and the “sin tax”: the power of narratives for health
"Sin tax" OR unrivalled investment in well-being? #Freedom to #consume or freedom to thrive? Evidence-informed public health must claim moral high ground & the narrative: evidence doesn’t speak for itself - let's set it free #STAX #discourse #framing #NCDs
Sin taxes Go beyond evidence of effective intervention and get into the political narrative that sets the context (Which is in itself an intervention) Excellent blog
Presuming evidence will speak for itself unlikely to serve an effective defence for public health policy -
Syntax and the “sin tax”: the power of narratives for health - by Anna Purdie & Kent Buse.
"Sin tax" unrivalled investment in well-being? #Freedom to #consume or freedom to thrive? Evidence-informed public health must claim moral high ground & the narrative: evidence doesn’t speak for itself - let's set it free #STAX #discourse #framing #NCDs
Syntax and the “sin tax”: the power of narratives for health - The BMJ
when it comes to things like taxing #tobacco, #alcohol & #sugar... "Our response to the #NCDs crisis needs to capture the public’s imagination" - good piece on the way #publichealth policies are discussed & debated. HT
Richard - did you see the blog on Syntax and the “sin tax”: the power of narratives for health in yesterday? We need to reclaim the narrative on regulation
Great to see piece on importance of public health narratives remains top of reads - need to reframe debate to stress the expansive opportunities provided by health & well-being #SDG3
#NannyState a convenient label with compelling narrative to distract attention from those who profit from the lack of regulation. below is right. Glad you are speaking to parliamentary about it; have you read this piece in
BigPublicHealth shdn’t bother to try to find science to back up its regressive policies, as not all politicians who criticise them explicitly cite scientific evidence? This reads like a teenage dictator’s essay.. was once a serious journal!
Syntax and the “sin tax”: the power of narratives for health via & &
Huge congrats to the authors - i hope the global health community are listening
Syntax and the “sin tax”: the power of narratives for health
Syntax and the “sin tax”: the power of narratives for health - The BMJ