Northern Ireland Releases Smoking Cessation Statistics

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The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety has published statistics relating to the smoking cessation services for 2008/09.

The information released provides a statistical examination of the people reporting to the smoking cessation services throughout Northern Ireland during the year 2008/09.

In Northern Ireland during 2008/09:

* 21,272 people set a quit date through the smoking cessation services. This is a decrease of 204 (1%) on the same period last year.

* Of those setting a quit date, 2% were under 18 years of age, 33% were aged 18-34, 25% were aged 35-44, 26% were aged 45-59, and 14% were aged 60 and over.

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* Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) was the most popular drug therapy, with 66% of those who set a quit date opting for it.

* At the four week follow-up 10,787 had successfully quit (based on self-report), 51% of those setting a quit date. This is the same figure as that of the previous year (51%).

* The four week success rates were similar for males and females (52% and 49% respectively). In general, success at four weeks increased with age, from 32% for the under 18s to 55% for those aged 60 and over.

* At the four-week follow-up 31% reported that they had not successfully quit. Of these, 56% had reduced their smoking intake and 40% indicated that they intend to rejoin the smoking cessation programme.

* Of the 332 young people aged 11 to 16 who set a quit date, 32% reported to have successfully quit at the four week follow-up, 45% indicated that they were still smoking, and 23% were not able to be contacted for the follow-up.

* Of the 285 women who were recorded as being pregnant, 68% reported to have successfully quit at the four week follow-up, 29% had not quit, and 4% were not able to be contacted.

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