Action is needed to boost uptake of stop smoking services, say campaigners

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 24 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4578
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

Smoking cessation campaigners are calling for action to reverse the current downward trend in people seeking support from specialist stop smoking services. They emphasised that smokers who get support from local stop smoking services are four times more likely to quit than by going “cold turkey.”

Figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre showed that, from April 2014 to March 2015, 450 582 people set a quit date with stop smoking services in England.1 This was 23% lower than the previous year and …

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