Assessing the impact of smoking cessation services on reducing health inequalities in England: observational study

Linda Bauld, Kenneth Judge, Stephen Platt

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Abstract

Objective: NHS stop smoking services are expected to play a key part in achieving the infant mortality and life expectancy health inequality targets in England by reducing smoking prevalence in deprived areas. This paper assesses the extent to which services have made a contribution to reducing inequalities in smoking between 2003–4 and 2005–6. Methods: Synthetic estimates of baseline smoking prevalence data were compared with national monitoring data about the numbers of smokers in receipt of services and the proportion who self report quitting at four weeks. The social distribution of service recipients and quitters was compared with estimates of smoking prevalence to assess impact on inequalities. Comparisons were made between officially designated disadvantaged areas (the Spearhead Group) and others. Results: Short-term cessation rates were lower in disadvantaged areas (52.6%) than elsewhere (57.9%) (p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)400-404
Number of pages5
JournalTobacco Control
Volume16
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Keywords

  • health services
  • smoking cessation
  • health inequalities

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