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Number of people using NHS stop smoking services continues to fall

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 18 August 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3936
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The number of people using NHS smoking cessation services to help them quit has fallen for the fifth year in a row.

Official figures from NHS Digital’s annual smoking cessation report showed that 307 507 people set a quit date through NHS services in 2016-17,1 down 15% from the previous year. And the number of people who self reported successfully quitting smoking after accessing NHS services fell by 16% to 155 875. NHS Digital said that the self reported quit rate therefore remained stable at 51%.

NHS Digital …

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