Updated figures on the uptake and performance of smoking cessation services in Northern Ireland are now available. Data are available for the four-week follow-up period for people reporting to smoking cessation services in 2017/18 and for the 52-week follow-up for those who signed up in 2016/17.
In 2017/18, 15,461 people set a quit date through the smoking cessation services. Nicotine Replacement Therapy was used by 71% of those who set a quit date. After four weeks, 59% reported that they had successfully quit. Successful quit rates at four weeks increased with age, from 48% among those aged 11 to 17 years, increasing to 64% among those aged 60+.
Three times as many adults from the most deprived quintile (32%) set a quit date, compared to the least deprived quintile (10%). In 2017/18, 31% of pregnant women who set quit dates were from the most deprived quintile compared with 8% from the least deprived quintile. 53% of pregnant women in the most deprived quintile reported to have successfully quit compared with 67% in the least deprived quintile.
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