This quarterly report presents provisional results from the monitoring of the NHS Stop Smoking Services (NHS SSS) in England during the period April to September 2008.
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 more 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. This release also sees the inclusion of more detailed PCT results for the first time.
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.
This bulletin reports on these newly collected data items. However there are weaknesses with this newly collected data as is common with new data collections within their first year, but rather than withhold this already useful dataset we are releasing it labelled 'experimental statistics' and are seeking input from users to help us improve it.