The Information Services Division Scotland has published the annual data from NHS smoking cessation services in Scotland for April 2018 to March 2019.
Key findings from the report include the following:
- In 2018-2019, the number of smoking cessation attempts aided by NHS smoking cessation services declined for the seventh consecutive year to 51,078.
- This represents an 8 per cent decline from 2017-2018 and a 58 per cent decline from 2011-2012.
- The decline could be driven by several factors including the increasing use of electronic cigarettes and a decrease in the prevalence of smoking.
- In 2018-2019, 39 per cent of individuals who attempted smoking cessation self-reported being smoke-free at four weeks. The figure dropped to 24 per cent at 12 weeks.
- Of those who reported being smoke-free at four weeks, 62 per cent were confirmed as not smoking through carbon monoxide testing, 2 per cent were confirmed as smoking and 36 per cent were either not tested or the result was unknown.