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Quit success rates in England 2007-2017

Brown, J; West, R; (2017) Quit success rates in England 2007-2017. Smoking in Britain (5) Green open access

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BACKGROUND: More options for smokers wanting to stop, more restrictions on smoking, the introduction of standardised packaging, and a stronger anti-smoking culture in England all mean that it should be getting easier for smokers to stop. This paper examines quit success rates from 2007 to 2017 and compares rates for the first 6 months of 2017 with those in the preceding 10 years. METHODS: Data were collected from 18,356 participants using cross-sectional household surveys from representative samples of adults in England from January 2007 to June 2017. Quit success was defined as having tried to stop in the preceding 12 months and reporting still not-smoking at time of the survey. Sociodemographic information was collected on sex, age, region in England and socioeconomic status. Odds ratios were calculated comparing quitting in 2017 versus 2007-2016 in the full sample and interactions with socio-demographic variables were assessed. RESULTS: Quit success rates varied over time from a low of 13.4% (95% CI 11.9-14.9) in 2010 to a high of 19.8% (95% CI 16.7-22.9) in 2017. The figure for 2017 was significantly higher than the average for the preceding 10 years (OR=1.33, 95% CI 1.09-1.62). There was no clear evidence that the difference varied with sex, age or region but the increase in success rates was greater in people with lower socio-economic status (OR=1.66, 95% CI 1.11-2.51). CONCLUSION: Quit smoking success rates in England in the first six months of 2017 were higher than the average rate during the preceding decade. This improvement was exclusively in those with lower socioeconomic status.

Type: Article
Title: Quit success rates in England 2007-2017
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.smokinginbritain.co.uk/read
Language: English
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URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10041322
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