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Smoking

Volume 709: debated on Wednesday 25 March 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people in the City of Manchester have received support from the National Health Service to stop smoking in each of the past four years. [HL2296]

Information on the number of people in the city of Manchester who have received support from the National Health Service to stop smoking in each of the past four years is not available in the format requested. However, information on the number of people setting a quit date and successfully quitting through the NHS Stop Smoking Services is available for Manchester primary care trust (PCT) in 2006-07 and 2007-08, and for Central Manchester, North Manchester and South Manchester PCTs in 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07. The information is available from the following publications, which have already been placed in the Library.

Manchester PCT was formed on 1 October 2006 following the merger of Central Manchester, North Manchester and South Manchester PCTs.

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.

Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services in England, April 2006 to March 2007. Information for Central Manchester, North Manchester and South Manchester PCTs (old breakdown) can be found in table 2.12 on page 19. Information for Manchester PCT (new breakdown) can be found in table 5.4 on page 65.

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.

Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services in England, April 2004 to March 2005. This information can be found in table 19 on page 53.

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 of Health.

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 therefore excluded.