More people in Lothian are kicking the habit

Over 4,000 people in Lothian successfully gave up smoking last year, according to figures published today (31 May 2011).

NHS Lothian provides a wide range of services, free of charge, to help and support people to kick the habit. This is the fifth year in a row that the number of people quitting smoking has increased.

In 2010, 6% of smokers in Lothian attempted to quit and of these 45% were successful. In West Lothian the number who successfully quit was almost 50%.

In addition, an estimated 36% of pregnant smokers in Lothian attempted to quit in 2010, higher than elsewhere in Scotland.

Helena Connelly, smoking cessation coordinator, NHS Lothian, said:

“Smokers are four times more likely to break their habit with NHS help than by going it alone. 
“A range of help is available. We provide support through GP practices and community pharmacists across Lothian. We also appreciate that people want help at a time that is convenient for them and our open access services provide this, helping people make the move from planning to stop, to stopping.”

NHS Lothian has 27 specially-trained smoking cessation advisers.

Information on “open access” smoking cessation services is available on NHS Lothian’s website or from Smokeline on 0800 84 84 84.