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Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services: England, April 2016 to December 2016

Publication date: 09:30 April 27, 2017


This quarterly report presents results from the monitoring of the NHS Stop Smoking Services in England during the period April 2016 to December 2016. NHS Stop Smoking Services offer support to help people quit smoking. This can include intensive support through group therapy or one-to-one support. The support is designed to be widely accessible within the local community and is provided by trained personnel, such as specialist smoking cessation advisors and trained nurses and pharmacists.


This report includes information on the number of people setting a quit date and the number who successfully quit at the 4 week follow-up. It also presents in depth analyses of the key measures of the service including pregnant women, breakdowns by ethnic group and type of pharmacotherapy received. The results are provided at national, regional and local authority levels.


The CSV data pack that accompanies this report will be published by the end of May, all data is available in the Tables.

Key Facts

  • 215,645 people set a quit date and at the 4 week follow-up 107,422 people (50 per cent) had successfully quit (self-reported)1.

  • 73 per cent of these successful quitters had their results confirmed by Carbon Monoxide verification2.

  • Quitting success increased with age, from 41 per cent of those aged under 18, to 56 per cent of those aged 60 and over.

  • Yorkshire and the Humber had the highest proportion of successful quitters (60 per cent), whilst the South West and the North East had the lowest proportion (45 per cent).

  • Bracknell Forest had the highest proportion of successful quitters (80 per cent) followed by Isles of Scilly (78 per cent - although this was out of only 23 quit attempts). Havering had the lowest proportion (18 per cent although this was out of only 22 quit attempts) with Cumbria having the next lowest (25 per cent).

  • 46 per cent of the pregnant women who set a quit date successfully quit.

  • 36 per cent of people accessed Stop Smoking Services through their GP.

  • 80 per cent of people used one-to-one support to help themselves quit smoking.

  • The most common pharmacotherapy was a combination of licensed Nicotine Containing Products taken concurrently (33 per cent).
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1 Clients who declared that they had not smoked even a single puff on a cigarette in the past two weeks. All statistics presented here are based on self-reported data unless otherwise noted.

2 This test provides an indication of the level of use of tobacco.


Date Range: 01 April 2016 to 31 December 2016
Geographical coverage: England
Geographical granularity: Local Authorities, Regions

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