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Publication, Part of

Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services, England - April 2012 to March 2013

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Regions, Local Authorities
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01 Apr 2012 to 31 Mar 2013


This annual report presents results from the monitoring of the NHS Stop Smoking Services (NHS SSS) in England during the period April 2012 to March 2013. 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 ethnicity and type of pharmacotherapy received. The results are provided at Strategic Health Authority (SHA) and Primary Care Trust (PCT) levels.


  • 724,247 people set a quit date through NHS Stop Smoking Services. This is an 11 per cent decrease (92,197) from 2011/12 when 816,444 people set a quit date. This is the first time since 2008/09 that there has been a decline in the number of people setting a quit date, although numbers are still just over three times as high than 2002/03 when 234,858 people set a quit date.
  • At the 4 week follow-up 373,872 people had successfully quit (based on self-report), this is a 7 per cent decrease (27,083) on the number reported in 2011/12 when 400,955 people successfully quit. Again this is the first time since 2008/09 that there has been a decline in the number of people successfully quitting, but numbers are just over three times as high than 2002/03 when 124,082 people successfully quit.
  • Just over half (52 per cent) of those setting a quit date in 2012/13 successfully quit. This is around 3 percentage points higher than the 49 per cent success rate seen in 2009/10 to 2011/12.
  • Total expenditure on NHS Stop Smoking Services was £87.7 million, £0.5 million less than in 2011/12 when it was £88.2 million and almost £63.2 million more than in 2002/03 when expenditure was £24.5 million.
  • The cost per quitter was £235, in 2012/13 7 per cent higher than in 2011/12 and 19 per cent higher than in 2002/03 when the cost per quitter was £197. 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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