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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