Figures show that Lanarkshire has second highest number of smoking quit attempts for 2011/12

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 21:29 GMT on Wednesday, 31st October 2012.

A NATIONAL survey has revealed that Lanarkshire has recorded the second highest number of smoking quit attempts over the last year.

The figures were revealed in the latest Scottish Government Health Survey which showed that over 19,000 attempts to give up smoking were made in Lanarkshire between April 2011 and March 2012.

More than half of the quit attempts were made in communities of high deprivation – areas which traditionally have smoking rates above the national average.

The total reflects the number of times when a smoker has contacted an NHS Lanarkshire smoking cessation service to seek help on how to give up and then go on to set a quit date.

A successful quit is measured as someone who goes a month without a cigarette.

Dr Harpreet Kohli, NHS Lanarkshire’s director for public health, commented: “It’s very satisfying to see that so many smokers are making use of the smoking cessation services which we have available to help them.

“The vast majority of smokers regret starting in the first place but these figures show that more and more of them are rightly coming to the conclusion that there’s no harm in trying to give up.

“We’re delighted that so many of them seem to benefit from the help and support our cessation services provide.

Dr Kohli added: “Ok, some may not succeed at their first attempt, but many are not letting this put them off from having another go.”

The smoking prevalence in Lanarkshire is around 26 per cent and smoking related deaths in Scotland come to a staggering 13,500 every year with many more hospitalised.

Smokers have a lower life expectancy and generally have more health problems than non-smokers and their habit also impacts on those they live with through second hand smoke. The annual cost to the Scottish NHS is estimated to be more than £400 million.