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Government 'will bear down' on smoking


Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has said the level of smoking in the UK is "rather persistent" and is considering the introduction of plain packaging for cigarettes and a ban on public displays.

"Tobacco is one of those areas where there is a role for government," he said. "Every time someone smokes a cigarette they do themselves some harm."

But he insisted that the law could only do so much.

"It's about behaviour not just legislation… people do have personal responsibility."

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