The title of this publication was corrected on 26 November 2009, from Statistics on Stop Smoking, England 2009 to the pre-announced title: Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services: England, April 2008 to March 2009.No other changes have been made to this publication. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.
This annual report presents final results from the monitoring of the NHS Stop Smoking Services (NHS SSS) in England during the period April 2008 to March 2009. 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 groups and type of pharmacotherapy received and regional analyses at Strategic Health Authority (SHA) and Primary Care Trust (PCT) levels.
In 2008/09 there have been new data items added to the collection. This includes data for the number of people setting a quit date and the number who successfully quit at the 4 week follow-up categorised by socio economic classification, eligibility to receive free prescriptions, intervention setting and intervention type . There are weaknesses with this newly collected data as is common with new data collections, but rather than withhold this already useful dataset we have been releasing it labelled 'experimental statistics' over the course of the year.
The report includes an assessment of the quality of these new data items. Overall there have been clear improvements in data quality throughout the year and we are seeking input from users to help improve it further. The report also includes for the first time a review of the extent to which revisions have been made to the provisional number of people setting a quit date, the number who successfully quit at the 4 week follow-up and expenditure data from quarter to quarter.