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According to the UK’s chief food regulator, bringing cake and other sugary treats into the workplace is as bad as subjecting others to passive smoking.

Professor Susan Jebb said in an interview with The Times, that bringing treats and snacks into the office wasn’t creating a “supportive environment” for people looking to lose weight or look after their health.

“With smoking, after a very long time we have got to a place where we understand that individuals have to make some effort but that we can make their efforts more successful by having a supportive environment, but we still don’t feel like that about food,” she stated.

“If nobody brought in cakes into the office, I would not eat cakes in the day, but because people do bring cakes in, I eat them.”

Jebb did admit that the issues of passive smoking were not identical to bringing cakes in, but told The Times that passive smoking did place other people in harm’s way, and “exactly the same is true of food.”