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Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services, England - April 2013 to September 2013, Q2, Quarterly report

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Regions, Local Authorities
Date Range:
01 Apr 2013 to 30 Sep 2013


This quarterly report presents provisional results from the monitoring of the NHS Stop Smoking Services (NHS SSS) in England during the period 1 April 2013 to 30 September 2013.  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 group, socio-economic classification as well as by intervention type and setting and type of pharmacotherapy received and regional analyses at Local Authority (LA) and region levels.

On 1 April 2013 responsibility for commissioning NHS Stop Smoking Services transferred from Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) to Local Authorities (LAs). Due to transitional reasons, one organisation (City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council) has not submitted data for Quarter 1 and 2.  Figures for Bournemouth Borough Council (Unitary) also include data for Borough of Poole Council (Unitary) in Quarter 1. Manchester City Council are still working to resolve a data quality issue and these data are also excluded from this report.

Therefore, some figures in this report (including England and Regional totals) are under reported and caution should be exercised if attempting comparisons with previous years' data. These figures are provisional and it is hoped they will be revised throughout the year.

Quarterly results from the monitoring of NHS SSS for 2013-14 are provisional and will subsequently be revised to account for any revisions submitted by LAs throughout the year. At this stage, any comparisons between 2013-14 and earlier years compare provisional figures with final figures. Final figures for 2013-14 will be included in the end of year report, expected to be published in August 2014.

Note: Table 6 of the National tables and the three Local Authority tables (both MS Excel and CSV format) have today (27 January 2014) been re-issued to correct an error within the East Midlands region where the data displayed did not always correspond to the correct Local Authority. The totals for East Midlands Region and the National totals are unaffected. The Health and Social Care Information Centre apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.


Between April 2013 and September 2013 (for those organisations that returned data):

  • 268,644 people set a quit date through NHS Stop Smoking Services.
  • At the 4 week follow-up 137,204 people had successfully quit (based on self-report), 51 per cent of those setting a quit date.
  • 72 per cent of successful quitters at the 4 week follow-up had their results confirmed by Carbon Monoxide (CO) verification1.
  • Of those setting a quit date, success at the four week follow-up increased with age, from 39 per cent of those aged under 18, to 58 per cent of those aged 60 and over.
  • Of the 9,695 pregnant women who set a quit date, 4,511 successfully quit at the four week follow-up (47 per cent).
  • The majority of those setting a quit date received Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) only (64 per cent). A further 26 per cent received varenicline (Champix) only, 1 per cent received bupropion (Zyban) only, 2 per cent received both NRT and varenicline and less than 1 per cent received both NRT and bupropion. 5 per cent of people setting a quit date did not receive any pharmacotherapy and the type of treatment was unknown for a further 3 per cent.
  • Of those who used varenicline only, 61 per cent successfully quit, compared with 56 per cent who received bupropion only, and 47 per cent who received NRT only. 59 per cent of people who did not receive any type of pharmacotherapy successfully quit2.
  • Among Regions, East Midlands reported the highest proportion of successful quitters (56 per cent), while North East reported the lowest success rate (45 per cent).
  • Among Local Authorities (LAs) Peterborough City Council reported the highest proportion of successful quitters (80 per cent), while Middlesbrough Council and London Borough of Southwark Council reported the lowest success rate (33 per cent).


  1. Carbon Monoxide (CO) validation measures the level of carbon monoxide in the bloodstream and provides an indication of the level of use of tobacco: it is a motivational tool for clients as well as validation of their smoking status. CO validation should be attempted on all clients who self-report as having successfully quit at the 4-week follow-up, except those who were followed up by telephone.
  2. These data should not be used to assess or compare the clinical effectiveness of the various pharmacotherapies as they reflect only the results obtained through the NHS Stop Smoking Services, and are not based on clinical trials. A trained stop smoking advisor discusses and agrees the treatment option with each client.


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