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Big increase in smokers quitting

posted 26 May 2009, 09:40 by David Rintoul

The number of smokers trying to kick their habit in 2008 rose by over 44% compared to 2007, according to new figures published today (May 26th 2009).

More than 5,400 attempts to quit were made as smokers took advantage of NHS Lothian services, including a new pharmacy-based smoking cessation service.

This compares to 3,785 in 2007.

The figures were published by ISD Scotland today (May 26th).

Internal figures for NHS Lothian show the success continued into this year. There were 2,650 quit attempts between January and March 2009, compared to 1,456 for the same three months in 2008 – an increase of over 80%.

Helena Connelly, NHS Lothian’s stop smoking co-ordinator, said:”We are delighted that more people are coming forward to take advantage of the many free and convenient services we provide. You are four times more likely to successfully quit with NHS help than you are if you go it alone and we look forward to continuing to help many smokers break their addictions in future.”

NHS Lothian mounted an extensive promotion campaign – Stop Together, Stop for Good - throughout 2008, using a mixture of bus, radio and other forms of advertising to promote services. This campaign – together with an increase in the number of smoking cessation advisers – has been credited with persuading smokers to use NHS Lothian services.

Source: NHS Lothian

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