Tens of thousands of smokers have managed to quit around the introduction of the ban on smoking in public places, new figures show.
Almost 165,000 kicked the habit between April and September last year, the Information Centre for health and social care (IC) said.
The new law prohibiting smoking in enclosed areas came into force in England on July 1.
It means 28% more people have given up, and a 29% rise in the number of people setting a quit date through NHS Stop Smoking Services, compared with the same period of 2006.
NHS Stop Smoking Services also spent a total of £26.7m on helping people end their addiction, an increase on the £23.4m expenditure for the same six months of 2006.
Tim Straughan, chief executive of the IC, said: "This report gives a valuable insight into NHS Stop Smoking services, and includes the first findings since the smoking ban was introduced.
"It shows more and more smokers are accessing NHS Stop Smoking Services, and many of these are successfully kicking the habit.
"It also suggests NHS Stop Smoking Services coped well with increased demand after the ban came into force."
NHS Stop Smoking Services
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