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Annual NHS stop smoking service figures published

18 August 2016

Figures released today by NHS Digital show the number of people setting a quit date through NHS Stop Smoking Services in 2015/16Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services, 2016 presents finalised statistics from NHS Stop Smoking Services in England, for the period April 2015 to March 2016, including some time series data for the last 10 years.

Presented to National, Regional and Local Authority level, the figures are also broken down to a range of demographic characteristics including age, gender and ethnicity.

The report includes information on the following subject areas:

  •  The number of people who successfully quit smoking (self-reported)2
  •  The use of Stop Smoking Services by pregnant women
  •  The regions with the highest and lowest number of people setting a quit date per 100,000 of the population
  •  Analysis of intervention types and intervention settings3
  • Pharmacotherapy3

Read the full report.


Notes to editors
1. NHS Digital is the national information and technology provider for the health and care system.  Our team of information analysis, technology and project management experts create, deliver and manage the crucial digital systems, services, products and standards upon which health and care professionals depend. Our vision is to harness the power of information and technology to make health and care better. NHS Digital is the new trading name for the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). We provide 'Information and Technology for better health and care'. Find out more about our role and remit at

2. The report refers to the number of people setting a quit date and the number of successful quitters, it is possible that the same individual may have made more than one quit attempt during the year. In such instances each quit attempt is recorded, so it is not possible to establish the number of individuals who made multiple quit attempts in the same year. This has always been the case throughout the time series; therefore comparisons with previous years are on a like-for-like basis.

3. These data should not be used to assess or compare the clinical effectiveness of the various intervention types, settings and pharmacotherapies used as they reflect only the results obtained through the NHS Stop Smoking Services, and are not based on clinical trials. For example, a particular intervention type may be used more often for heavy smokers which will reduce the quit rate. A trained stop smoking advisor discusses and agrees the treatment option with each client.

4. For media enquires please contact or telephone 0300 30 33 888.

Last edited: 11 April 2018 5:33 pm