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Publication, Part of

Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services - England, April 2006 to June 2006, Q1, Quarterly report

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Regions, Local Authorities
Date Range:
01 Apr 2006 to 30 Jun 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 June 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).

Key Facts

The key results show that in England during the period April to June 2006:

  • 131,072 people set a quit date through NHS Stop Smoking Services.
  • At the 4 week follow-up 65,522 people had successfully quit (based on self-report), 50 per cent of those setting a quit date. This compares with 76,452 successful quitters in the same period in 2005 (a decrease of 14 per cent).
  • Of those setting a quit date, success at the four-week follow up increased with age, from 35 per cent of those aged under 18 to 60 per cent of those aged 60 and over.
  • The majority of those setting a quit date received Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT). Eighty three per cent of people received NRT only, 5 per cent received bupropion only and 1 per cent received both NRT and bupropion.
  • Of the 4,043 pregnant women who set a quit date, 2,025 successfully quit at the 4 week follow-up (50 per cent).
  • Among Government Office Regions (GORs), East of England reported the highest proportion of successful quitters (55 per cent), while North West reported the lowest success rate (46 per cent).
  • Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Strategic Health Authority (SHA) had the highest proportion of successful quitters (63 per cent) while Cheshire and Merseyside SHA reported the lowest (41 per cent).
  • The expenditure on NHS Stop Smoking Services, which does not include the cost of NRT or bupropion on prescription, was 12.2 million.
  • The cost of the NHS Stop Smoking Services per quitter was 186 in 2006/07 quarter 1, compared with 159 during the same period in 2005/06.


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