Sign Ups for the NHS Stop Smoking Service Decreased by 23%
The latest information from the Health and Social Care Information Centre has revealed that the number of people who have signed up for the NHS Stop Smoking service has decreased by a national average of 23 percent during 2014-15 compared to 2013-14.
This was even higher in regions such as the North East, which saw a 31.7 percent decrease in people who signed up for the service.
The HSCIC suggest that the main reason for this decrease may be that people are instead turning to e-cigarettes in order to help them quit, rather than turning to the NHS Stop Smoking services.
A large body of evidence now points towards the fact that e-cigarettes carry only a fraction of the risk of traditional smoking, including an independent review recently published by Public Health England. Many studies have also found that many smokers have had great success in quitting due to switching to e-cigarettes.
The increase in popularity of using e-cigarettes as a cessation aid also comes as there has been a drop in the success rate of the Stop Smoking service – the number of people who had managed to quit smoking by their target date. For instance, in Tyne and Wear, this success rate dropped by 3.8 percent compared to the year before.
With the increasing success of e-cigarettes and the declining success and popularity of the Stop Smoking service, it may save the NHS time and resources to place more emphasis on e-cigarettes as a stop smoking aid.
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