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Half of councils no longer provide universal specialist stop smoking services

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 15 March 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l1216
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 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 …

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