Thousands give up smokingOn 1 Jul 2002 in Personnel Today Smoking cessation services were launched by the Governmentwithin health action zones in 1999. And in April it emerged the Department of Health had pledgedits support for an MP’s bill that will ban tobacco advertising. It is expected to pass on to the statutebook this summer. A total of 153,000 people had set a date to quit and, at thefour-week follow-up about 79,100 of those had successfully quit, the Departmentof Health reported. Of those setting a quit date, most (80 per cent) were aged18 to 59, with 1 per cent under 18 and 19 per cent aged over 60. Public Health Minister Yvette Cooper said: “Seventy percent of smokers say they want to give up. This Government is the first ever toprovide comprehensive support for smokers who want to quit. Nearly 80,000 people gave up smoking between April andDecember last year, according to latest figures from the Government. Previous Article Next Article “These figures show that this is already starting topay off both for the thousands of smokers who want help in quitting and for theNHS.” The majority received nicotine replacement therapy or theanti-smoking drug Zyban. The cost of the smoking cessation services in thisperiod was £16.7m. The Government is committed to spending more than £53m onsuch services up to this year. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.