Smoking: Bexley

Health written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of David Evennett David Evennett Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people who have ceased smoking in the London Borough of Bexley since the introduction of the smoking ban.

Photo of Dawn Primarolo Dawn Primarolo Minister of State (Department of Health) (Public Health)

Information is collected quarterly at primary care trust level on people accessing the NHS Stop Smoking Services who set a quit date and those who successfully quit smoking at the four-week follow up. However, information is not available about people who have ceased smoking independently.

The smoke-free law was introduced in England on 1 July 2007, and the latest data available are for quarter three of 2007-08. The following table shows the number of people in Bexley care trust area accessing the NHS Stop Smoking Services who set a quit date and those who successfully quit smoking at the four-week follow up, for quarter two and quarter three of 2007-08 and the total for July 2007 to December 2007.

Number of people setting a quit date and number of successful quitters in Bexley care trust in 2007-08
Period Number setting a quit date Number of successful quitters
Quarter two (July to September 2007) 483 328
Quarter three (October to December 2007) 446 238
Total for July to December 2007 929 566
Notes: 1. A client is counted as having successfully quit smoking if he/she has not smoked at all since two weeks after the quit date. The four-week follow-up (based on self report) must be completed within six weeks of the quit date. Persons not contacted within this time are treated as lost to follow-up for evaluation purposes. 2. Figures published in Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services in England, July to December 2007 (quarter two and three bulletin) are provisional. Provisional results from the Stop Smoking Services are published on a quarterly basis. An annual bulletin will be published in August 2008 that represents finalised figures for the year April 2007 to March 2008. Source: The Information Centre for health and social care: Lifestyle Statistics, Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services in England.

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