New Podcast – Are sugary drinks the ‘New Tobacco’?

Soda Cans

Our latest podcast examines the public health implications of sugary drinks and is available to download, review and subscribe on iTunes, Tunein and Blubrry.

A researcher, Professor Simon Capewell, from the University’s Department of Public Health and Policy says sugary drinks are ‘killing us’. The Public Health researcher and advocate says sugar, especially the sugar in sugary drinks, is the single biggest cause of obesity.

Currently, he is fighting for sugary drinks to be treated the same as tobacco which means, higher taxes and stricter limits on advertising.

Professor Capewell, a Professor of Epidemiology at the University and Vice President for Policy at the UK Faculty of Public Health, states the industry is ‘fighting back’ with huge advertising campaigns and suspect research.

You can listen to the podcast here or by following the links above.

Positive change

The podcasts aim to bring listeners closer to some of the academic experts, authors and innovative thinkers from the University who, through their in-depth analyses, research and discoveries are affecting positive change in the world today.

The series, hosted by Canadian journalist and producer Neil Morrison, features in depth conversations with one or more of our academic experts discussing research in their specialist field.

The podcasts, which have been produced in collaboration with the University of Liverpool online programmes team, are intended to provide a quick route to insider knowledge on new trends and upcoming key issues.


Other episodes available include; ‘Help! Is my child a Psychopath?’, ‘The Business of Football’, ‘Who will tell the robots what to do?’, ‘Big Data and the search for MH370’, ‘Suzi Gage on ‘Say Why to Drugs’, ‘Nano-medicine shrinks the cost of HIV treatment’, ‘Liverpool – Cradle of the Beatles’ and ‘Follow your nose’.

If you would like to contact our podcast with feedback or suggestions for future recordings please e-mail

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