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Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services in England - April 2020 to March 2021

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Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services in England - April 2020 to March 2021


This quarterly report presents results from the monitoring of the NHS Stop Smoking Services (SSS) in England during the period April 2020 to March 2021.

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 advisers 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) disruption, it would seem that this is affecting the quality and coverage of some of our statistics, such as an increase in non-submissions for some datasets. We are also seeing some different patterns in submitted data. For SSS, whilst the number of non-submitters has increased, there has been an increase in quit rates and a sharp decline in number of CO validations carried out as they are usually done face to face with a health professional.

Based on the 2020/21 Stop Smoking Services dataset:

59% of people successfully quit (self-reported)

Of 178,815 people setting a quit date, 105,403 were successful

Of those successfully quitting, 3% had their results confirmed by Carbon Monoxide verification

Quitting success (self-reported) increased with age

45% of those aged under 18 were successful, compared to 61% of those aged 60 and over

48% of the pregnant women who set a quit date successfully quit (self-reported)

Of 18,087 pregnant women setting a quit date, 8,678 were successful

Of pregnant women successfully quitting, 4% had their results confirmed by Carbon Monoxide

Last edited: 7 September 2021 9:40 am