Smoking cessation schemes exceed targets

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. More than twice as many as expected gave up smoking following the GovernmentinitiativeGovernment smoking cessation services helped about 120,000 people in Englandgive up smoking in the past year, more than double the target ministersoriginally set. Official statistics show that between April 2001 and March this year,220,000 smokers set a quit date, with more than half – 120,000 – still off thehabit a month later. The Department of Health had set a target of 50,000 forthe year. The number of successful quitters at the four-week period was an 86 per centincrease on 2000-2001, when just 64,000 stayed off smoking. Of those setting a quit date in the past year, the majority – 81 per cent –were aged 18 to 59, with 1 per cent aged under 18 and 18 per cent aged 60 orover. Most received nicotine replacement therapy or the anti-smoking drug Zyban. This year’s expenditure on the services, not including prescription costs,was £24.6m. Since smoking cessation services were set up in 1999-2000, the Governmenthas invested an estimated £53m in the services. A further £20m has been setaside for future investment, plus a substantial amount for smoking cessationaids available on NHS prescription, the DoH said. advertising ban closerA complete ban on tobacco advertisingcould come into force by the end of this year, the Government has said.The bill banning press, billboard and internet advertising oftobacco has been working its way through Parliament and its passage is expectedto be completed this autumn.Public health minister Hazel Blears said: “Research showsthat an advertising ban could eventually save up to 3,000 lives a year – a 2.5per cent reduction in the number of deaths caused by smoking.” Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Smoking cessation schemes exceed targetsOn 1 Oct 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img

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