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Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services in England - April 2013 to December 2013

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Regions, Local Authorities
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01 Apr 2013 to 31 Dec 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 31 December 2013.  It includes information on the number of people setting a quit date and the number who successfully quit at the 4 week follow-up.  In addition to presenting 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 Region and Local Authority (LA) 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, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council has not submitted data for Quarter 1, 2 and 3. Derby City Council (Unitary) has not submitted data for quarter 3. Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council and North Tyneside Council have submitted incomplete data for Quarter 3. 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.

A further six organisations (Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council, Southend-On-Sea Borough Council, Essex County Council, Derby City Council (Unitary), Wakefield Council and North Tyneside Council) have not been able to provide finance data for Quarter 1, 2 and 3.

Therefore, some figures in this report are under reported and caution should be exercised if attempting comparisons with previous years' data.

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.

Key Facts

Between April 2013 and December 2013

  • 394,354 people set a quit date through NHS Stop Smoking Services.
  • At the 4 week follow-up 203,883 people had successfully quit (based on self-report), 52 per cent of those setting a quit date.
  • 71 per cent of successful quitters had their results confirmed by Carbon Monoxide (CO) verification1.
  • Of those setting a quit date, success increased with age, from 39 per cent of those aged under 18, to 59 per cent of those aged 60 and over.
  • Of the 14,101 pregnant women who set a quit date, 6,604 successfully quit (47 per cent). Of these 57 per cent had their results confirmed by CO verification1.
  • The majority of those setting a quit date 63 per cent received Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) only.
  • Compared to 26 per cent who received Varenicline (Champix) only and 1 per cent who received Bupropion (Zyban) only. 5 per cent of people setting a quit date did not receive any pharmacotherapy.
  • Of those who used Varenicline only, 61 per cent successfully quit, compared with 57 per cent who received Bupropion only, and 48 per cent who received NRT only. 60 per cent of people who did not receive any type of pharmacotherapy successfully quit2.
  • Among the nine Regions, Yorkshire and Humber reported the highest proportion of successful quitters (56 per cent), whilst the North East reported the lowest success rate (46 per cent).
  • Of the 148 Local Authorities (LAs) who submitted data Peterborough City Council reported the highest proportion of successful quitters (79 per cent), whilst Middlesbrough Council (Unitary) 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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