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Publication, Part of

Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services - England, April 2011 to March 2012

Official statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Regions, Ambulance Trusts
Date Range:
01 Apr 2011 to 31 Mar 2012



This annual report presents results from the monitoring of the NHS Stop Smoking Services (NHS SSS) in England during the period April 2011 to March 2012. 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.



  • 816,444 people set a quit date through NHS Stop Smoking Services. This is a 4 per cent increase (28,917) from 2010/11 when 787,527 people set a quit date.
  • At the 4-week follow-up 400,955 people had successfully quit (based on self-report), this is a 5 per cent increase (17,407) on that reported in 2010/11 when 383,548 people successfully quit.
  • The percentage of people who successfully quit in 2011/12 was 49 per cent, the same percentage of successful quitters seen in 2009/10 and 2010/11.
  • Among SHAs Yorkshire and Humber SHA and South Central SHA reporting the highest proportion of successful quitters (53 per cent), whilst North East SHA and North West SHA reported the lowest proportion of successful quitters (both reported 45 per cent).
  • Among PCTs Leeds PCT reported the highest proportion of successful quitters (71 per cent), while Blackpool PCT reported the lowest success rate (34 per cent).
  • Total expenditure on NHS Stop Smoking Services was £88.2 million, £3.9 million more than in 2010/11 when it was £84.3 million and almost £63.5 million more than in 2001/02 when expenditure was £24.7 million. The cost per quitter was £220, the same seen in 2010/11 but an overall increase of 7 per cent from 2001/02, when the cost per quitter was £206. These figures do not include expenditure on pharmacotherapies. Please note these are cash terms comparisons and have not been adjusted for inflation.


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