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Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services in England April 2018 to March 2019

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Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services in England April 2018 to March 2019


This annual report presents results from the monitoring of the NHS Stop Smoking Services in England during the period April 2018 to March 2019. 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.

Publication updated on 27 September 2019: We have identified an issue with the data used to compile the this publication, originally released on 3rd September 2019. The annual dataset did not contain the revised data for Quarters 1 to 3 that local authorities had submitted along with their quarter 4 data; instead the provisional data for these quarters was included in the annual dataset. This has caused differences throughout the publication.

Impact of error: At national level the annual figures have changed by between 1% and 1.7% for key measures:

• Number setting a quit date increased from 233,778 to 236,175, a change of 1%

• Number of successful quitters increased from 121,742 to 123,800, a change of 1.7%

• Quitters confirmed by CO validation increased from 85,298 to 86,668, a change of 1.6%

Impact of changes will vary at sub-national levels.

We have updated the annual stop smoking dataset and are refreshing annual publication, along with all the accompanying data tables and CSV files. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Based on the 2018/19 Stop Smoking Services dataset:

52% of people successfully quit (self-reported)

Of 236,175 people setting a quit date, 123,800 were successful

Of those successfully quitting, 70% had their results confirmed by Carbon Monoxide verification

Quitting success (self-reported) increased with age

37% of those aged under 18 were successful, up to 58% of those aged 60 and over

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

Of 13,772 pregnant women setting a quit date, 6,344 were successful

Of pregnant women successfully quitting, 61% had their results confirmed by Carbon Monoxide verification

Last edited: 27 September 2019 11:17 am