Smoking cessation services stats published

The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety has published statistics relating to smoking cessation services for 2014/15.

The information released provides information on people reporting to smoking cessation services throughout Northern Ireland during the year 2014/15.

Key Findings

Within Northern Ireland during 2014/15:

  • A total of 21,779 people set a quit date through the smoking cessation services. This is a decrease of 5,091 (19%) on the same period last year.
  • Of those setting a quit date, 2% were under 18 years of age, 35% were aged 18-34, 22% were aged 35-44, 27% were aged 45-59, and 14% were aged 60 and over.
  • Two-thirds of all clients (67%) that set a quit date used smoking cessation services provided by pharmacists (14,671 clients in total). Around three-fifths of these clients (58%) had successfully quit at 4 weeks.
  • Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) was the most popular therapeutic intervention, with 74% of those who set a quit date having used this therapy.
  • At the 4-week follow-up 12,742 reported that they had successfully quit, 59% of those setting a quit date.
  • The 4-week success rate was 60% for males and 57% for females. Success at 4 weeks increased with age, from 47% for those aged 11 to 17, to 62% for those aged 60 and over.
  • At the 4-week follow-up, 26% reported that they had not successfully quit. Of these, 58% had reduced their smoking intake and 37% indicated that they intend to rejoin the smoking cessation programme.
  • Of the 383 young people (aged 11 to 17) who set a quit date, 47% reported to have successfully quit at the 4-week follow-up, 38% indicated that they were still smoking, and 15% were not able to be contacted for the follow-up.
  • Of the 6,614 adults (aged 18 and above) in the 20% most deprived areas, 56% reported they had successfully quit at the 4-week follow-up.
  • Of the 1,428 women who were recorded as being pregnant, 57% reported to have successfully quit at the 4-week follow-up, 28% had not quit, and 15% were not able to be contacted.

The report can be accessed here

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