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Stop smoking legislation takes hold

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Around 165,000 smokers quit between April and September 2007, an increase of 28% compared with the same period the previous year, according to figures from the government’s Office for National Statistics.

The statistics are the first to show the impact of the Smokefree legislation that came into effect on 1 July 2007.

Further figures from the Department of Health show high usage of its Stop Smoking Services, with 9,000 people calling the NHS Stop Smoking helpline between July last year and January.

More than 25,000 smokers have been sent the DH’s ‘Get Support’ DVD, giving more information about the NHS support available.

Public health minister Dawn Primarolo said: ‘It’s great news that so many smokers have been able to quit, preventing serious health problems and complications.’
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