UK National Smoking Cessation Conference - UKNSCC
2009 UK National Smoking Cessation Conference - London more...

The Scottish smoking cessation service: An assessment of its success at targeting different groups of smokers
Cheryl Heeley, Public Health Analyst, ScotPHO, ISD Scotland


View Powerpoint Presentation powerpoint

Cheryl Heeley

To date, limited research has been undertaken using the information collected for the national monitoring of NHS smoking cessation services in Scotland. This study is the first detailed national assessment of cessation reach and success in the groups that the service is most keen to target. Information for 2007 is brought together from the Scottish National Smoking Cessation Database and from separate local systems in two NHS boards.

Key Findings include: In 2007, there were around 39,000 quit attempts made using these services, equivalent to approximately 3.5% of all smokers. The quit rate (self-reported) at one month was almost 38%, reducing to 18% at three months. Based on data for the first quarter of 2007, 10% of quit attempts were successful at 12 months. The relapse rate between one and 12 months was 76%. Services were successfully ‘reaching’ clients in the most deprived areas. Service reach among pregnant women was higher than that for women generally. Factors associated with higher short-term success included: being older, being a less dependent smoker, living in a less deprived area, pharmacotherapy (particularly Champix) and group support. There was no significant difference between male and female quit rates.


About the presenter
Cheryl Heeley is a public health analyst within the Scottish Public Health Observatory at ISD Scotland involved in a variety of topics including the recent Scottish community health profiles. She is the lead analyst for the national smoking cessation monitoring in Scotland and recently completed her MSc in Public Health Research at Edinburgh University. This study on the Scottish smoking cessation service was undertaken as part of her dissertation supervised by Prof. Amanda Amos.


related pages