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More smokers kicking their habit, NHS figures show

Smokers are continuing to stub it out, but regional variations persist

OnMedica Staff

Thursday, 17 April 2008

The latest figures from NHS stop smoking services show a significant rise from 2006 to 2007 in the number of people who kicked their habit.

But regional variations persist, the figures from the NHS Information Centre show.

The quarterly report, which covers the period April to December 2007 in England, shows that 462,690 people set a quit date through NHS Stop Smoking Services.

This represents an increase of 23% over the same period in 2006 and an increase of 17% over the same period in 2005.

At the 4-week follow up half (51%) said they had given up. This compares with 192,527 successful quitters in the same period in 2006―an increase of 22%― and 208,878 successful quitters in 2005―a 12% increase.

Over half of older smokers (59%) aged 60 and above gave up compared with just over one in three teens (37%).

Of the 13,046 pregnant women who set a quit date, 6,556 successfully quit at the 4-week follow up (50%).

Most of those setting a quit date received nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). A further 13% received Champix (varenicline). Six per cent of people setting a quit date did not receive any form of treatment.

Of those who used Champix, almost two-thirds managed to give up, compared with 54% who received bupropion only, and 48% who received NRT.

NHS Stop Smoking Services now cost  £41.3 million compared with £36 million in the same period in 2006/07. But the cost per quitter was £177, compared with £187 during the period in 2006/07.

There were regional variations in success rates. The South East Coast SHA reported the highest proportion of successful quitters (56%), while the North East SHA reported the lowest success rate (45%).

East & North Hertfordshire PCT reported the highest proportion of successful quitters (82%), while Croydon PCT reported the lowest success rate (27%).

Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services in England, April to December 2007


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