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Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services in England - April 2014 to September 2014Official statistics
- Publication Date:
- 15 Jan 2015
- Geographic Coverage:
- Geographical Granularity:
- Local Authorities, Regions
- Date Range:
- 01 Apr 2014 to 30 Sep 2014
This quarterly report presents provisional results from the monitoring of the NHS Stop Smoking Services in England during the period 1 April 2014 to 30 September 2014. It 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 and breakdowns by age group, gender, ethnic group and type of pharmacotherapy received and regional analyses at Region and Local Authority (LA) levels.
Final figures for 2014-15 will be included in the end of year report to be published on 19 August 2015.
Please note: On 17/06/2015, we were made aware of an error in table 16 ("Number who successfully quit, total expenditure and cost per quitter in England, by Region and Local Authority"). In this table, the number shown as successfully quit (column E) is actually the number attempting to quit. This incorrect figure is then used to calculate the cost per quitter in the last column of this table (column J). This error affects the quarterly reports published for 2014/15. Reports for 2013/14 and earlier are unaffected.
On average, the number shown as successfully quitting is around twice as high as it should be which causes the cost per quitter to be around half as high as it should be. However, there is some local area variation and the impact on the cost per quitter column varies from 28 per cent to 78 per cent for all but one LA.
A decision has been taken to not correct the table as all the 2014/15 reports are provisional and will be superseded by the 2014/15 final report which will be published on 19 August 2015.
England - April to September 2014a
- 207,883 people set a quit date through NHS Stop Smoking Services and at the 4 week follow-up 103,899 people had successfully quit (self-reported)b, 50 per cent of those setting a quit date.
- 70 per cent of successful quitters (self-reported)b had their results confirmed by Carbon Monoxide (CO) verificationc.
- Of those setting a quit date, success increased with age, from 41 per cent of those aged under 18, to 56 per cent of those aged 60 and over.
- Of the 9,251 pregnant women who set a quit date, 4,216 successfully quit (self-reported)b (46 per cent). Of these 60 per cent had their results confirmed by CO verificationc.
- Geographical Patterns
- Among the nine regions, Yorkshire and the Humber reported the highest proportion of successful quitters (self-reported)b (55 per cent), whilst the North East reported the lowest success rate (43 per cent)d.
- Of the 151 Local Authorities (LAs) who submitted data London Borough of Waltham Forest Council reported the highest proportion of successful quitters (self-reported)b (82 per cent) followed by Peterborough City Council (79 per cent). In contrast, Manchester City Council reported the lowest success rate (23 per cent) and the next lowest was Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council (28 per cent)d.
- Treatment and Expenditure
- One-to-one support (168,123) was the most widely used Intervention Type and had a success rate of 49 per cent. Whilst telephone support was used by far fewer quitters (5,353) but had the highest success rate at 58 per centd.
- General practice was the most common Intervention setting with 78,327 people setting a quit date and 36,629 (47 per cent) successfully quitting. A Workplace setting was used by 1,229 people setting a quit date but had the highest success rate (62 per cent) with 762 people successfully quittingd.
- The most common pharmacotherapy received for those setting a quit date was a combination of licensed Nicotine Containing Products (NCP) concurrently (30 per cent). This compares to 29 per cent who received a single NCP only, 26 per cent who used Varenicline (Champix) only and 4 per cent who received another type of pharmacotherapy. 6 per cent of people setting a quit date did not receive any pharmacotherapy and the type received for the remaining 5 per cent was not known.
- There were differences in the proportion successfully quitting by the type of pharmacotherapy received. 65 per cent of those who received an unlicensed NCP successfully quit. This compares to 62 per cent of those who received a licensed medication and an unlicensed NCP consecutively, 60 per cent of those who received Varenicline (Champix), 56 per cent of those who received a combination of a licensed medication and an unlicensed NCP concurrently, and 56 per cent of those who used Bupropion (Zyban) only.
- 60 per cent of people setting a quit date (123,900) were eligible to receive free prescriptions and 57 per cent of successful quitters (59,004) were eligible. This gave a success rate of 48 per cent for those eligible to receive free prescriptions.
a Not all local authorities returned all data items. No estimates have been made for missing data so national and regional totals presented here will be an underestimate. See the data quality note for more information.
b A client is counted as a 'self-reported 4-week quitter' if when assessed 4 weeks after the designated quit date, they declare that they have not smoked, even a single puff on a cigarette, in the past two weeks.
c 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.
d Note that these are not standardised rates.
e Manchester City Council have the lowest quit rate (23 per cent) whilst having the second highest number of people setting a quit date (4,939). Other Local Authorities with a comparable number of people setting a quit date have a quit rate close to the England figure of 50 per cent. Whilst these figures have a negligible effect on national totals they should be used with caution by any users interested in the LA level tables in this report