Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services in England - April 2014 to December 2014
This quarterly report presents provisional results from the monitoring of the NHS Stop Smoking Services in England during the period 1 April 2014 to 31 December 2014. It includes information on the number of people setting a quit date and the number who successfully quit at the 4 week follow-up. It also presents in depth analyses of the key measures of the service including pregnant women and breakdowns by age group, gender, ethnic group and type of pharmacotherapy received and regional analyses at Region and Local Authority (LA) levels.
Final figures for 2014-15 will be included in the end of year report to be published on 19 August 2015.
Please note: On 17/06/2015, we were made aware of an error in table 16 (“Number who successfully quit, total expenditure and cost per quitter in England, by Region and Local Authority”). In this table, the number shown as successfully quit (column E) is actually the number attempting to quit. This incorrect figure is then used to calculate the cost per quitter in the last column of this table (column J). This error affects the quarterly reports published for 2014/15. Reports for 2013/14 and earlier are unaffected.
On average, the number shown as successfully quitting is around twice as high as it should be which causes the cost per quitter to be around half as high as it should be. However, there is some local area variation and the impact on the cost per quitter column varies from 28 per cent to 78 per cent for all but one LA.
A decision has been taken to not correct the table as all the 2014/15 reports are provisional and will be superseded by the 2014/15 final report which will be published on 19 August 2015.
- 312,975 people set a quit date through NHS Stop Smoking Services and at the 4 week follow-up 156,570 people (50 per cent) had successfully quit (self-reported)b.
- 69 per cent of successful quitters (self-reported)b had their results confirmed by Carbon Monoxide (CO) verificationc.
- Of those setting a quit date, success increased with age, from 41 per cent of those aged under 18, to 56 per cent of those aged 60 and over.
- Of the 13,450 pregnant women who set a quit date, 6,278 successfully quit (self-reported)b (47 per cent). Of these 59 per cent had their results confirmed by CO verificationc.
- Among the nine regions, the South East and Yorkshire and the Humber reported the highest proportion of successful quitters (self-reported)b (55 per cent in each region), whilst the North East and North West reported the lowest success rate (43 per cent in each region)d.
- Of the 151 Local Authorities (LAs) who submitted data Peterborough City Council reported the highest proportion of successful quitters (self-reported)b (78 per cent) followed by Warrington Borough Council (76 per cent). In contrast, Manchester City Councile reported the lowest success rate (20 per cent) with Middlesbrough Council being the next lowest (28 per cent)d.
- One-to-one support (254,685) was the most widely used Intervention Type and had a success rate of 49 per cent. Whilst telephone support was used by far fewer quitters (8,902) but had the highest success rate at 59 per centd.
- General practice was the most common Intervention Setting with 120,645 people setting a quit date and 56,266 (47 per cent) successfully quitting. A Workplace setting was used by 2,150 people setting a quit date but had the highest success rate (61 per cent) with 1,315 people successfully quittingd.
a Not all local authorities returned all data items. No estimates have been made for missing data so national and regional totals presented here will be an underestimate. See the data quality statement for more information.
b A client is counted as a ‘self-reported 4-week quitter’ if when assessed 4 weeks after the designated quit date, they declare that they have not smoked, even a single puff on a cigarette, in the past two weeks.
c Carbon Monoxide (CO) validation measures the level of carbon monoxide in the bloodstream and provides an indication of the level of use of tobacco: it is a motivational tool for clients as well as validation of their smoking status. CO validation should be attempted on all clients who self-report as having successfully quit at the 4-week follow-up, except those who were followed up by telephone.
d Note that these are not standardised rates.
e Manchester City Council have the lowest quit rate (20 per cent) whilst having the highest number of people setting a quit date (10,032). Whilst these figures have a negligible effect on national totals they should be used with caution by any users interested in the LA level tables in this report.