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Efforts to help people stop smoking among those scaled back by reduction in grants

Efforts to tackle obesity, reduce smoking and improve children’s health have been cut back since ministers slashed public health budgets, government figures show.

Schemes to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, wean addicts off drugs and alcohol and offer middle-aged people free health checks are also being scaled back, despite experts saying this would cost more money in the long term.

Councils across England, under pressure after the government reduced their public health grants, have put £96.3m less this year than the previous one into a wide range of prevention measures.

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The Guardian

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