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Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services - England, April 2010 to March 2011, Annual report

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Regions, Local Authorities
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01 Apr 2010 to 31 Mar 2011


This annual report presents results from the monitoring of the NHS Stop Smoking Services (NHS SSS) in England during the period April 2010 to March 2011. 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

  • 787,527 people set a quit date through NHS Stop Smoking Services. This is a 4 per cent increase (29,990) from 2009/10 when 757,537 people set a quit date.
  • At the 4 week follow-up 383,548 people had successfully quit (based on self-report), 49 per cent of those who set a quit date. This is a 3 per cent increase (9,594) on that reported in 2009/10 when 373,954 people successfully quit.
  • More women than men set a quit date (411,392 women compared with 376,135 men) and more women than men successfully quit (195,685 compared with 187,863), although the success rate of giving up smoking was slightly higher among men than women (50 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 56 per cent in those aged 60 and over.
  • Among all clients who set a quit date, the majority (63 per cent) received Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) only. A further 26 per cent received Varenicline (Champix) only, 1 per cent received Bupropion only and 1per cent received both NRT and Varenicline. Of those who used Varenicline only, 59 per cent successfully quit, compared with nearly half (52 per cent) who received Bupropion only and 45 per cent of those who used NRT only. Half (50 per cent) of those who did not receive any pharmacotherapy successfully quit.
  • Total expenditure on NHS Stop Smoking Services was £84.3 million, nearly half a million more than in 2009/10 when it was £83.9 million and almost £60 million more than in 2001/02 when the cost was £24.7 million. The cost per quitter was £220, a decrease of 2 per cent from £224 in 2009/10. These figures do not include expenditure on pharmacotherapies.

Note: The Quick access PCT and SHA results file was added on 25 August 2011.


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