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Record number of smokers are kicking habit; The North East has had a record year for quitting smoking through NHS Stop Smoking Services, a new report has shown. Health Reporter HELEN RAE looks at the figures from the NHS Information Centre study.

Byline: HELEN RAE

1,225 THE North East NHS Stop Smoking Services achieved the highest number of quitters per population size of any Strategic Health Authority, achieving 1,225 quitters per 100,000 people compared to 911 quitters nationally between April 2010 and March this year.

26,036 THE statistics from the NHS Information Centre show that 26,038 people quit smoking successfully with the region's six NHS Stop Smoking Services from April 2010 to March 2011 - 553 more than in the previous year and an increase of 2.2%.

58,660 THE Stop Smoking Services recorded 58,660 quit attempts in the North East - which is up 4.3% on 2009/2010.

4,379,000 THE total cost to the North East NHS for Stop Smoking Services is pounds 4,379,000 - this equates to pounds 168 per quitter.

1,793 IN the North East 1,793 pregnant women set a 'quit date' to stop smoking.

The number of successful pregnant quitters was 693. The number who had not quit was 684. The number of pregnant women who did not attend follow-ups was 416.

20 YOUNG people under the age of 18 are also the least likely age group to stop smoking in the region as only 20% quit - the lowest percentage in the country for this age group - compared to 54% in those over the age of 60.

Packed it in NUMBER of successful quitters: County Durham PCT: 4,871; Gateshead PCT: 2,145; Newcastle PCT: 2,249; North Tyneside PCT: 2,087; Northumberland Care Trust: 2,480; South Tyneside PCT: 1,823; Sunderland Teaching PCT: 3,467 Results joy AILSA Rutter, director of regional antismoking body Fresh, pictured, said: "Stopping smoking is probably the biggest step anyone can take to improve their short and long term health prospects.

"We are thrilled so many people managed to stop smoking in the North East last year. The Stop Smoking Services make a huge difference for people. Those who use the services on offer are four times more likely to succeed in giving up than if they try to go it alone.

"One in every two smoker dies prematurely, and we must not let up in our efforts."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 17, 2011
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