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Poorest areas have best smoking cessation services, report shows

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 21 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:622
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    The quality of smoking cessation services provided by the 303 primary care trusts in England is variable, with services in deprived areas outperforming those in richer parts of the country, says a report from the health service watchdog.

    The review, from the Healthcare Commission, shows that half of the trusts in the poorest parts of England scored “excellent” in their efforts to reduce the impact of smoking, with only 2% of trusts being graded as “fair,” the lowest grade. Of trusts in wealthier areas less than 20% were graded as excellent, and a quarter were rated …

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