Half of councils no longer provide universal specialist stop smoking servicesBMJ 2019; 364 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l1216 (Published 15 March 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l1216
- Gareth Iacobucci
- The BMJ
Almost half of England’s local councils no longer have a specialist stop smoking service for all smokers in their area as a result of government cuts to public health budgets, a new analysis has shown.1
The report from the charities Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) and Cancer Research UK found that 85 of 151 local authorities (56%) provided a universal specialist service in 2018-19, a drop from 61% the previous year. A further 13 (9%) provided only restricted specialist support to targeted groups of smokers, such as pregnant women and people with a mental health condition.
The charities said …