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Smoking: Yorkshire and the Humber

Volume 489: debated on Friday 20 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of treating smoking-related diseases in (a) Barnsley and (b) Doncaster in each of the last five years. (264547)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in (a) Barnsley and (b) Doncaster have received assistance from the NHS to stop smoking in each of the last five years. (264548)

The information is not available in the format requested. However, data on the number of people setting a quit date and successfully quitting through the National Health Service Stop Smoking Services are available for Barnsley primary care trust (PCT) and Doncaster PCT in 2006-07 and 2007-08 and for Barnsley PCT, Doncaster Central PCT, Doncaster East PCT and Doncaster West PCT for 2004-05 to 2006-07.

Information for 2007-08 is available from the annual Statistics on “NHS Stop Smoking Services in England, April 2007 to March 2008”. This information can be found in table 3.5 on page 28.

Information for 2006-07 is available for both the old and new strategic health authority (SHA) and PCT from the annual Statistics on “NHS Stop Smoking Services in England, April 2006 to March 2007”. This information can be found in table 2.12 (old SHA and PCT configuration) and table 5.4 (new SHA and PCT configuration) on pages 19 and 65 respectively.

Information for 2005-06 is available for both the old SHA and PCTs from the annual Statistics on “NHS Stop Smoking Services in England, April 2005 to March 2006”. This information can be found in table 4.12 on page 38.

Information for 2004-05 is available for both the old SHA and PCTs from the annual “Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services in England, April 2004 to March 2005”. This information can be found in table 19 on page 54.

All of the publications have already been placed in the Library.

Notes:

1. The Information Centre for health and social care collects data from the NHS Stop Smoking Services as part of the NHS Stop Smoking Services quarterly monitoring returns forms, undertaken since 2005 on behalf of the Department.

2. On the basis that the clinical viewpoint tends to be that a client should not be counted as a ‘failure’ if he/she has smoked in the difficult first days after the quit date, 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 (and Carbon Monoxide (CO) validation, if appropriate) 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.

3. Only people who set a quit date through the NHS Stop Smoking Services are included in the quarterly monitoring returns, those who attend the service but do not set a quit date are not included.