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Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services, England - April 2013 to March 2014

Official statistics
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Regions, Local Authorities
Date Range:
01 Apr 2013 to 31 Mar 2014


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This annual report presents results from the monitoring of the NHS Stop Smoking Services (NHS SSS) in England during the period April 2013 to March 2014. 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 Region and Local Authority (LA) levels.


England - April 2013 to March 2014

  • 586,337 people set a quit date through the NHS Stop Smoking Services in 2013-14 (down 19 per cent on 2012-13, and the first time this number has fallen for two consecutive years, since NHS Stop Smoking Services (previously Smoking Cessation Services) were set up in all Health Authorities in England in 2000-01). 300,539 people successfully quit (down 20 per cent) which gives a quit rate of just over half (51 per cent) which was similar to 2012-13.The success rate of giving up smoking generally increased with age, from 39 per cent for those aged under 18, to 58 per cent of those aged 60 and over.
  • In 2013-14, 47 per cent (9,385) of pregnant women setting a quit date successfully quit, this success rate is the same as last year compared to a peak of 53 per cent in 2005-06.
  • The North East region reported the highest number of people setting a quit date in 2013-14 (2,023 per 100,000 population) while the South East reported the lowest number (1,036 per 100,000 population).
  • The City of London had the highest number of people setting a quit date per 100,000 population but their numbers are subject to relatively high variation each year due to the small size of the Local Authority.  The next highest was Manchester City Council, although there are concerns around the quality of their data (see Data Quality Statement for more information), followed by Blackpool Borough Council (Unitary).  Borough of Poole Council (Unitary) had the lowest number of people setting a quit date per 100,000 population followed by Bury Metropolitan Borough Council and Surrey County Council.
  • Just over nine out of ten people who reported they had successfully quit are known to have received pharmacotherapies in 2013-14. This has remained fairly consistent since 2008-09  (between 91 and 93 per cent).


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