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Publication, Part of

Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services: England, April 2016 to September 2016

Official statistics
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Geographical Granularity:
Regions, Local Authorities
Date Range:
01 Apr 2016 to 30 Sep 2016


08/02/2017: The finance table 4.5 was replaced as the previous version was incorrect. NHS Digital apologises for any inconvenience caused.


26/01/2017:  Please note that the data provided by Rutland for this report is incorrect.  The correct figures for Rutland are much lower than those published.  For example the number of people setting a quit date is only 55 rather than the published figure of 1,655.  This also has a knock on effect for the East Midlands region (correct figure 13,039 quit attempts instead of 14,639 which is a difference of 11 per cent) and the national figure (correct figure of 144,634 instead of 146,234 which is a difference of 1 per cent).  The differences for other figures in the report are likely to be of the same magnitude.


This quarterly report presents results from the monitoring of the NHS Stop Smoking Services in England during the period April 2016 to June 2016. 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 group and type of pharmacotherapy received. The results are provided at national, regional and local authority levels.

Key Facts

• 146,234 people set a quit date and at the 4 week follow-up 71,934 people (49 per cent) had successfully quit (self-reported) .

• 74 per cent of these successful quitters had their results confirmed by Carbon Monoxide verification .

• Quitting success increased with age, from 40 per cent of those aged under 18, to 55 per cent of those aged 60 and over.

• Yorkshire and the Humber had the highest proportion of successful quitters (59 per cent), whilst the South West had the lowest proportion (44 per cent).

• Of the 149 local authorities who submitted data, City of Kingston upon Hull had the highest proportion of successful quitters (82 per cent) followed by Warrington (76 per cent). Havering had the lowest proportion (18 per cent although this was out of only 22 quit attempts) with Cumbria having the next lowest (26 per cent).

• 45 per cent of the pregnant women who set a quit date successfully quit.

• 36 per cent of people accessed Stop Smoking Services through their GP.

• 80 per cent of people used one-to-one support to help themselves quit smoking.

• The most common pharmacotherapy was a combination of licensed Nicotine Containing Products taken concurrently (33 per cent).


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