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Asked further about the Government’s action plan on obesity, and would it follow similar lines to the plan the Government had on smoking, the PMOS said that people should wait and see what the Prime Minister said in his speech on it tomorrow. The PMOS pointed out that on different issues, there were different issues involved. In terms of smoking, it was not only the harm people were doing to themselves, but also the harm they were doing to other people. What the Prime Minister most wanted to achieve was a debate precisely about that balance, and how that balance could be achieved in different areas. That was therefore true on a number of health matters.

Asked further about the debates, the PMOS said the Prime Minister would go with the grain of where the public was, as we were for the smoking debate. The PMOS said that there was a significant shift in public opinion in recent times with regards to the smoking debate. What was good was that if people looked at any measure, the debate that was going on in the public about healthy lifestyles was much better today than it was a few years ago. That was raising new issues, and we needed to respond to that.

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