Many People have Quit Smoking- Thanks to NHS Quit Smoking Service

Almost half the people stopped smoking when they used the NHS quit smoking service.

A total of 373,954 out of 757,537 people who tried the service, gave up smoking during the period 2009 and 2010, which is up by 11% as compared to 2008.

Last year, the NHS spent almost £84 million to promote its stop smoking campaign. The amount is £10 million more than the amount used during 2008-2009.

Among the quitters, 65% used nicotine replacement therapy and 23% used the stop smoking medicine varenicline. Only 49% people were able to give up smoking who relied on their will power and didn't take the help of any drug therapy method.

It is worth mentioning that nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) has been the most useful treatment technique in dealing with smoking problem.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley says, "Smoking is the biggest preventable cause of death in England".

Betty McBride, Director of Policy and Communications at the British Heart Foundation says that the percentage of people who have quit smoking has increased significantly, but the percentage of adult smokers has not changed, and is still at 21%. The figures show that a lot has to be done and the health officers should not 'rest on their laurels'.