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What we’re doing

Public health is about helping people to stay healthy, and protecting them from threats to their health. The government wants everyone to be able to make healthier choices, regardless of their circumstances, and to minimise the risk and impact of illness.


  1. Reducing smoking

    The government wants to reduce the harm tobacco causes by stopping people taking up smoking and helping more people to quit.

  2. Creating a lasting legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

    Making sure the London 2012 Games continue to benefit the whole country for many years

  3. Planning for health emergencies

    In emergency situations, the government wants to be ready to protect people’s health and prevent deaths.

  4. Helping more people survive cancer

    We’re improving the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, and helping survivors to live more comfortably.

  5. Giving all children a healthy start in life

    The government is improving children’s chances later in life by helping parents keep their children healthy and safe from pregnancy onwards.

  6. Reducing harmful drinking

    The government is making it easier for people who drink to do so responsibly, and it is improving alcohol services locally.

  7. Reducing drugs misuse and dependence

    The government is helping people make a full recovery from drug addiction and is discouraging people from misusing illegal drugs in the first place.

  8. Reducing obesity and improving diet

    The government is helping people to be more active and to eat healthily, and it’s making sure people get the right support to lose weight.