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Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services - England, April 2006 to December 2006, Q3, Quarterly reportOfficial statistics
- Publication Date:
- 24 May 2007
- Geographic Coverage:
- Geographical Granularity:
- Strategic Health Authorities, Primary Care Organisations
- Date Range:
- 01 Apr 2006 to 31 Dec 2006
This quarterly report presents provisional results from the monitoring of the NHS Stop Smoking Services (formerly known as the Smoking Cessation Services) for the period April to December 2006.
The NHS Stop Smoking Services were set up in Health Action Zones in 1999/00 and rolled out across all health authorities in England in 2000/01. The 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, trained nurses and pharmacists. The services complement the use of smoking cessation aids nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and bupropion (Zyban).
The key results show that in England during the period April to December 2006:
- 365,600 people set a quit date through NHS Stop Smoking Services.
- At the 4 week follow-up 188,162 people had successfully quit (based on self-report), 51 per cent of those setting a quit date. This compares with 208,878 successful quitters in the same period in 2005 (a decrease of 10 per cent).
- Of those setting a quit date, success at the four-week follow up increased with age, from 37 per cent of those aged under 18, to 61 per cent of those aged 60 and over.
- Of the 12,146 pregnant women who set a quit date, 6,329 successfully quit at the 4 week follow-up (52 per cent).
- The majority of those setting a quit date received nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) only (83 per cent). A further 5 per cent received bupropion (Zyban) only and 1 per cent received both NRT and bupropion.
- The expenditure on NHS Stop Smoking Services was Ã‚Â£36.4 million. This does not include the cost of NRT or bupropion on prescription. This compares to Ã‚Â£36.1 million in the same period in 2005.
- The cost of the NHS Stop Smoking Services per quitter was Ã‚Â£194, compared with Ã‚Â£173 during the same period in 2005/06.
- Among government office regions (GORs), the south-east reported the highest proportion of successful quitters (57 per cent), while the north-east reported the lowest success rate (46 per cent).
- Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Strategic Health Authority (SHA) had the highest proportion of successful quitters (66 per cent), while Cheshire and Merseyside SHA reported the lowest (44 per cent).