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NHS helps record number of smokers quit

20th August 2010

Figures from the NHS Information Centre show that the success rate for people trying to stop smoking with NHS help has reached an all-time high.


During the last year, the NHS Stop Smoking Services (NHS SSS) have helped more people give up than ever before.

Figures contained in the report Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services: England, April 2009 - March 2010 show that at the four-week follow-up stage, 373,954 people reported successfully stopping, which equates to 49% of the 757,537 people who used the services during the year.

Compared to the previous year, this is an 11% increase when 337,054 stopped.

Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) was the most common method, used by 65% of all service users, while varenicline alone was used by 23% of those setting a quit date, and of these, 60% successfully stopped smoking. People who did not use any pharmacotherapy had a quit success rate of 49%.

The figures come as another report showed that 1 in 20 of all admissions to hospitals among people aged 35 and over were due to smoking.

NHS Information Centre chief executive Tim Straughan said: “The report shows NHS Stop Smoking Services are helping more people than ever before to quit and that they are using a number of means of offering support, including pharmacotherapies such as nicotine replacement therapies and others.

“With smoking attributed to so many hospital admissions among those who are 35 and over, it is important that people get the support they need to quit in order to remain as healthy as possible.”


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