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Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services - England, April 2009 to March 2010, Annual report

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01 Apr 2009 to 31 Mar 2010



An amended version of Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services: England, April 2009 - March 2010 and the accompanying Excel tables, have been made available on this page on 15 September 2010.

This was in order to correct the figures for the South East Government Office Region within Table 3.3. Minor corrections were also made to England figures in this table. In addition, Tables 6.4 to 6.10 were incorrectly omitted from Chapter 6 when this report was first published on 19 August 2010. These tables have been made available within the amended report and accompanying tables. Please see the Excel tables or revised report for full details of the corrections made.

The NHS Information Centre apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.


This annual report presents results from the monitoring of the NHS Stop Smoking Services (NHS SSS) in England during the period April 2009 to March 2010. The 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 advisors 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 groups and type of pharmacotherapy received and presents the results of regional analyses at Strategic Health Authority (SHA) and Primary Care Trust (PCT) levels.

Key Facts

  • 757,537 people set a quit date through NHS Stop Smoking Services in 2009/10. This is a 13 per cent increase (86,278) from 2008/09 when 671,259 people set a quit date.
  • At the 4 week follow up 373,954 people had successfully quit (based on self-report), 49 per cent of those who set a quit date. This is an 11 per cent increase on that reported in 2008/09 when 337,054 people successfully quit.
  • 69 per cent of those who had successfully quit at the 4 week follow-up had their results confirmed by Carbon Monoxide (CO) validation. This percentage was 67 per cent for the same period in 2008/09 and 60 per cent for the same period in 2007/08.
  • More women than men set a quit date in 2009/10 (393,805 women compared with 363,732 men) and more women than men successfully quit (189,888 compared with 184,066), although the success rate of giving up smoking was slightly higher among men than women (51 per cent and 48 per cent respectively).
  • Of those who set a quit date, success rates generally increased with age from 32 per cent for those aged under 18, to 57 per cent of those aged 60 and over.
  • Among all clients who set a quit date, the majority (65 per cent) received Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) only. A further 23 per cent received Varenicline (Champix) only, 1 per cent received Bupropion only and 1 per cent received both NRT and Varenicline. Of those who used Varenicline only, 60 per cent successfully quit, compared with half (50 per cent) who received Bupropion only and 47 per cent of those who used NRT only. Nearly half (49 per cent) of those who did not receive any pharmacotherapy successfully quit .
  • Total expenditure on NHS Stop Smoking Services was just under £83.9 million, over £10 million more than in 2008/09 when it was £73.7 million and almost £60 million more than in 2001/02 when the cost was £24.7 million. The cost per quitter was £224, an increase of 3 per cent from £219 in 2008/09. These figures do not include expenditure on pharmacotherapies.


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