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quit smokingMay 27 2014
Pharmacies recording lower quit rates than other specialist services
Scotland has seen the first decrease in stop smoking quit attempts for a number of years. There was a 13% reduction in the number of quit attempts in 2013 compared to 2012; there were 103,421 quit attempts, down from 119,428.

The decline in quit attempts is thought in part to be due to the rise in use of electronic cigarettes.

Attempts made via community pharmacy services also fell slightly, down 1 percentage point to 75%, although the proportion is up from 58% in 2009. The data also indicates community pharmacies have relatively lower quit rates at one month compared to specialist cessation services that offer more intensive support.

The annual data published by NHS Scotland's Information Services Division points out that the use of nicotine replacement therapy is also changing.

"In 2009, 69% reported using a single NRT product. By 2013, this had dropped to 44%," it says." Over this time period, the use of more than one product increased from 9% in 2009 to 42% in 2013."

Since the start of 2013 the proportion of people using an e-cigarette has increased. The charity ASH Scotland polled smokers about use of e-cigarettes and found that 45% of all current smokers had tried an e-cigarette in 2014, compared to only 7% in 2010.

Some 3% of ex-smokers have also tried an e-cigarette, as had 1% of self-reported 'never smokers'.

In England, data shows there has been a marked increase in the use of e-cigarettes for quitting attempts, which has been accompanied by a smaller reduction in the use of other aids.

It is thought that Scotland will be following a similar trend, so ISD has started to capture information about e-cigarette use among those attending smoking cessation services in Scotland.

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