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Publication, Part of

Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services in England - April 2017 to March 2018

Official statistics


This annual report presents results from the monitoring of the NHS Stop Smoking Services in England during the period April 2017 to March 2018. 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.

Key Facts

Setting a quit date

• The number of people setting a quit date fell for the sixth consecutive year to 274,021 in 2017/18. This represents a decrease of 11% on 2016/17.

• The reduction in recent years may be partly due to the increased use of e-cigarettes which are widely available outside of these services.

Successful self-reported quitters

• The number of successful self-reported quitters also fell for the fifth consecutive year to 138,426. This was a decrease of 11% on 2016/17.

• This means that the self-reported quit rate was 51% which has remained fairly stable in recent years.

CO validated successful quitters

• 36% (98,802) of people setting a quit date had their results confirmed by Carbon Monoxide (CO) validation.

Last edited: 15 August 2018 3:42 pm