» Wednesday, June 9, 2004

John Reid/Smoking

Asked again if the Government endorsed John Reid’s remarks on smoking, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) said that she had dealt with this issue at great length at this morning’s briefing and she did not think there was any real point in going through it all again. Briefly, Dr Reid had been expressing a view. A consultation exercise on smoking and public health was currently ongoing. We wanted people to debate these issues and we wanted to hear their views. She advised journalists to actually read Dr Reid’s comments, rather than base their questions on media interpretations.Put to her that the criticisms of Dr Reid related to the fact that he had described smoking as a “pleasure”, the PMS said that Dr Reid had been reflecting a view that some people actually enjoyed smoking – something that should not come as a surprise to anyone.

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