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Fewer smokers using NHS to quit

Fewer smokers using NHS to quit

Fewer smokers using NHS to quit

Fewer smokers are trying to quit using NHS help for the first time since 2008, new figures show. 

A report released today by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) shows nearly 724,200 quit dates were set with NHS Stop Smoking Services in 2012-13, an 11% fall on the previous year. 

There has also been a 7% fall in the number of people who successfully quit, from 401,0005 in 2011/12 to 373,900 in 2012/13. 

Key findings in today’s annual NHS Stop Smoking Services report show that in 2012-13:

 - More women than men set a quit date (376,400 women compared with 347,800 men) although the success rate of giving up smoking altogether was slightly higher in men (53%) than in women (50%)

 - Success rates increased with age: one in three of those aged 18 years and under were successful quitters (34%, or 6,200 out of 18,200), and for those aged 60 years and over this was almost three in five (59%, or 67,000 out of 113,900)

 - East Midlands Strategic Health Authority (SHA) had the highest proportion of successful quitters (57%, or 36,000 of 63,700) compared with North East SHA which reported the lowest proportion (47%, or 25,000 out of 53,600)

 - Spending on NHS Stop Smoking Services was £87.7 million, £500,000 less than last year where it was £88.2 million

 - Cost per quitter was £235, a 7% increase on the figure of £220 in 2011-12

The full report is available to view on the HSCIC website


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