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Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many smoking cessation clinics there are in (a) the five most deprived areas in England and (b) England; and whether the Government have targets to increase the number of smoking cessation clinics in either category over the next two years. (159731)

There are 62 primary care trusts (PCTs) in spearhead areas, each of which provides a National Health Service Stop Smoking Service for its local population. NHS Stop Smoking Services provide support in a variety of settings, including pharmacies, in primary care and in other settings such as prisons. Within all PCT areas in England, there will usually be a choice of support options and a number of delivery venues, thus improving choice and access for smokers wanting support to quit.

The Government do not have specific targets to increase the number of particular stop smoking clinics over the next two years, but encourages the NHS to extend the support offered and promote access to more smokers wherever possible.

The Government continue to work to promote the support provided by NHS Stop Smoking Services via national campaigns. Smokers who quit with the support of the NHS are up to four times more likely to succeed compared with will-power alone.