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Fall in numbers of people quitting smoking

Published on 21/08/2009
There has been a drop in the number of people who have quit smoking.

That is the finding of an official NHS study, which has found that despite a huge campaign to urge people to stop, the amount doing so has actually slowed.

However, over 670,000 people did set a quit date with the NHS Stop Smoking Service between April 2008 and March 2009.

Norman Lamb, health spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats suggested that the figure proved the government was wasting money.

"It's extraordinary that money is being spent for worst outcomes," he said.

Public health minister Gillian Merron defended the service, suggesting it gave people "the best possible chance of stubbing out a dangerous habit for good".

She added that it was "saving thousands of lives every year".

According to figures from the NHS Information Centre, there was also a fall in the number of pregnant women who had managed to quit smoking, down from 9,817 in 2007/08 to 8,641 this year.
© ActiveQuote Ltd. 2009

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