NHS Stop Smoking Services in England
Smoking is the primary cause of preventable illness and premature death, accounting for approximately 100,000 deaths a year in the United Kingdom. Reducing the number of people who smoke is therefore a key priority in improving the health of the population and Stop Smoking Services are a key NHS intervention to reduce smoking.
This indicator looks at the proportion of adults (over 16s) who quit smoking within four weeks of an initial appointment through the NHS Stop Smoking scheme. A patient is counted as having successfully quit smoking at the 4 week follow-up if he/she says they have not smoked at all since two weeks after the quit date.