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Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services in England April 2019 to March 2020

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Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services in England April 2019 to March 2020


This annual report presents results from the monitoring of the NHS Stop Smoking Services in England during the period April 2019 to March 2020. 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.

Due to the coronavirus illness (Covid-19) there have been some changes in terms of our regular statistical productions. The collection of the Stop Smoking Services dataset and production of this publication was paused in spring and summer 2020 to support the handling of pandemic, therefore is being published later than in previous collection years. Please note this publication was originally scheduled for release on 29th October 2020 and was delayed for operational reasons.

Error notification: Quarter 4 2019/20 data submitted by the provider for Barking and Dagenham Council was actually data for Havering council. The local authority did not inform NHS Digital about this error until June 2021, which was seven months after the 2019/20 report had been published. Consequently, this was too late to change the publication, so data for Barking and Dagenham Council is incorrect for the Quarter 4 2019/20 report.

Based on the 2019/20 Stop Smoking Services dataset:

51% of people successfully quit (self-reported)

Of 221,678 people setting a quit date, 114,153 were successful

Of those successfully quitting, 62% had their results confirmed by Carbon Monoxide verification

Quitting success (self-reported) increased with age

41% of those aged under 18 were successful, up to 56% of those aged 60 and over

45% of the pregnant women who set a quit date successfully quit

Of 13,779 pregnant women setting a quit date, 6,235 were successful

Of pregnant women successfully quitting, 54% had their results confirmed by Carbon Monoxide verification

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