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  Don Lavoie is alcohol programme manager at Public Health England and Gul Root is lead...
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a nicotine patch imageOctober 10 2017

The number of smokers attempting to quit through NHS smoking cessation services fell 12% In Northern Ireland last year. 

 A total of 18,637 people set a quit date through the smoking cessation services in 2016-17, a decrease of 2,648 on the previous year, said Northern Ireland’s Department of Health. The decrease continues a five-year downward trend in people accessing services, from a high of 39,204 in 2011-12.

Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) was the most popular therapeutic intervention, used by 13,619 people or 73% of those who set a quit date having used this therapy. Champix was used by 866 people (5%) and Zyban by 30 people (0.2%).

Other data in the annual statistics indicates:

  • at the four-week follow-up 10,872 people reported that they had successfully quit, 58% of those setting a quit date;
  • the four-week success rate was 60% for males and 57% for females;
  • at the 52-week follow-up of those that had quit at four weeks in 2015-16, 36% reported still being tobacco free, while 26% had resumed smoking, and a further 38% could not be contacted.

Links:
Northern Ireland Department of Health announcement  
Tobacco statistics             

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