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Public health
Ministers are planning to introduce junk food advertising curbs

The NHS is a national sickness service battling to cope with the growing public health crisis.

The government acted in November, publishing a white paper which included a series of measures to tackle smoking, binge drinking and obesity.

A partial smoking ban, curbs on junk food advertising and food labelling were all proposed.

The Tories want a voluntary ban agreed with industry, while the Lib Dems want a total ban on smoking in public places.