General Article Stop smoking services help 20,000 quit

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England’s NHS ‘stop smoking services’ have enabled at least 20,000 smokers to kick the habit in 2010/11 according to new research in the British Medical Journal and the number of smokers helped each year has more than tripled over that time period.

The number of smokers who used the service and set a quit date more than tripled from just over 227,000 in 2001/02 to nearly 788,000 in 2010/11. The total number of quitters who had not smoked for four weeks rose from just under 80,000 to almost 270,000.

The stop smoking services provide smokers with expert advice on how to stop together with discussion about the best options when it comes to stop smoking medicines. Smokers are followed up for at least four weeks following the quit date to help them through the most difficult period.

Until 2013, stop smoking services in England were provided through 151 primary care trusts. Since April 2013, local authorities hold the budget. Each local a

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