NICE publishes new asthma guidelines

NICE publishes new asthma guidelines

December 1 2017 NICE has published new guidelines on asthma addressing diagnosis, monitoring and...

Community Pharmacy Practitioner Champions details confirmed for 2017-18

Community Pharmacy Practitioner Champions details confirmed for 2017-18

November 27 2017 Funding for the Community Pharmacy Practitioner Champions programme in Scotland...

MHRA targets OTC medicines in Yellow Card social media campaign

MHRA targets OTC medicines in Yellow Card social media campaign

November 22 2017 The public and health professionals are being asked to consider reporting side...

NUSMAS pilot extended for six months

NUSMAS pilot extended for six months

November 22 2017 The pilot scheme which sees NHS 111 referring patients to community pharmacy to...

CPPE launches ‘Substance use and misuse’ e-learning and renews ‘Return to prescribing’ course

CPPE launches ‘Substance use and misuse’ e-learning and renews ‘Return to prescribing’ course

November 21 2017 A new e-learning package on substance use and misuse is now available from the...

  • NICE publishes new asthma guidelines

    NICE publishes new asthma guidelines

    Friday, 01 December 2017 10:25
  • Community Pharmacy Practitioner Champions details confirmed for 2017-18

    Community Pharmacy Practitioner Champions details confirmed for 2017-18

    Monday, 27 November 2017 14:45
  • MHRA targets OTC medicines in Yellow Card social media campaign

    MHRA targets OTC medicines in Yellow Card social media campaign

    Wednesday, 22 November 2017 15:19
  • NUSMAS pilot extended for six months

    NUSMAS pilot extended for six months

    Wednesday, 22 November 2017 15:11
  • CPPE launches ‘Substance use and misuse’ e-learning and renews ‘Return to prescribing’ course

    CPPE launches ‘Substance use and misuse’ e-learning and renews ‘Return to prescribing’ course

    Tuesday, 21 November 2017 14:17

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  Don Lavoie is alcohol programme manager at Public Health England and Gul Root is lead...
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a nicotine patch imageOctober 10 2017

The number of smokers attempting to quit through NHS smoking cessation services fell 12% In Northern Ireland last year. 

 A total of 18,637 people set a quit date through the smoking cessation services in 2016-17, a decrease of 2,648 on the previous year, said Northern Ireland’s Department of Health. The decrease continues a five-year downward trend in people accessing services, from a high of 39,204 in 2011-12.

Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) was the most popular therapeutic intervention, used by 13,619 people or 73% of those who set a quit date having used this therapy. Champix was used by 866 people (5%) and Zyban by 30 people (0.2%).

Other data in the annual statistics indicates:

  • at the four-week follow-up 10,872 people reported that they had successfully quit, 58% of those setting a quit date;
  • the four-week success rate was 60% for males and 57% for females;
  • at the 52-week follow-up of those that had quit at four weeks in 2015-16, 36% reported still being tobacco free, while 26% had resumed smoking, and a further 38% could not be contacted.

Links:
Northern Ireland Department of Health announcement  
Tobacco statistics             

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