Fall in number of smokers using NHS to quit
The number of people using English NHS services to help them give up smoking has dropped, according to reports from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). The figures represent a worrying development for primary care health workers, including practice nurses who often provide cessation services, as they show the first drop in the number of number of people using these services for four years.
The data, just released by the HSCIC, show an 11% drop in the number of people setting a ‘quit date’ last year, although, in more positive developments, the overall success rate of those still using the NHS to quit rose to 52% in 2012–13, up from 49% in 2011–12.
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