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NHS study finds Ealing among top places in England to be successful at quitting smoking

More than 1,400 smokers in Ealing said they had been successful in quitting smoking in 2016/17

Six out of 10 people who decide to quit smoking in Ealing succeed - among the highest proportions in the country.

New figures from the NHS have revealed that 1,454 smokers in Ealing said they had been successful in quitting smoking in 2016/17.

That works out a percentage of 59% of the total 2,446 smokers who set a quit date above the national average of 51%.

And it is also an increase compared to 2012/13 when 53% smokers managed to quit smoking.

Kensington and Chelsea saw the second highest percentage of successful quitters locally with 56% (1,022 out of 1,837 people setting a quit date) managing to stop, but the percentage has decreased compared to five years ago when it was 61%.

Hammersmith and Fulham followed with 53% (1,556 out of 2,911) and also saw an increase compared to five years ago when only 52% managed to quit smoking.

Brent saw the lowest percentage locally, with 678 successful quitters out of 1,847 smokers setting a quit date.

That works out as 37% - well below the national average.

Ealing residents among best in country at quiting smoking

Across London 51,945 smokers setting a quit date in 2016/2017 and half of them (25,819) said they had been successful in quitting smoking.

It has decreased during the last five years.

In 2012/2013, 53% of people in London who set a quit date were successful.

Across England, there were 307,507 smokers who set a quit date in 2016/17. More than half (51%, 155,875) reported being a successful quitter.

That works out as 2,248 successful quitters for every 100,000 smokers (including those who didn’t decide to quit).

The figures were published by NHS Digital.

Responding to the latest report, BMA board of science chair, Professor Dame Parveen Kumar, said: “It is disappointing to see fewer people are seeking help from stop-smoking services.

More than 1,400 smokers in Ealing said they had been successful in quitting smoking in 2016/17

"This does not mean that fewer smokers want support to help them quit tobacco, as it is more likely that individuals are finding it increasingly difficult to access local government-funded cessation services in the wake of significant public health cuts.

“A prevention-based approach saves NHS services in the long term but this is undermined by the £400m cuts the public health budgets of local authorities face until 2021.

“While rates of tobacco use continue to decline, almost one in six adults still smoke so it’s imperative that those who do want to stop smoking are fully supported by adequately funded, targeted smoking cessation services.

“Hospital wards and GP surgeries already struggle with the pressure of rising patient demand so any preventative services such as smoking cessation that could reduce smoking-related ill health and patient admissions must be prioritised."

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