Making available key findings on all aspects of smoking and smoking cessation in the UK

 
 
'The Smoking Pipe': A model of the annual inflow and outflow of cigarette smokers in England in 2014
Robert West, Jamie Brown
Final: 14/09/15  Draft: 28/08/15   ID: 00007
West R, Brown J, (2015) 'The Smoking Pipe': A model of the annual inflow and outflow of cigarette smokers in England in 2014. Smoking in Britain (draft) 3,7

The number of smokers aged 16+ in England fell by approximately 350,000 in 2014 to an estimated 8.1 million, the fall being mostly driven by smoking cessation. Use of aids to cessation accounted for almost one third of the prevalence reduction.

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How much improvement in mental health can be expected when people stop smoking? Findings from a national survey
Robert West, Jamie Brown, Lion Shahab, Subhash Pokhrel, Lesley Owen
Draft: 24/02/15   ID: 00006
West R, Brown J, Shahab L, Pokhrel S, Owen L (2015) How much improvement in mental health can be expected when people stop smoking? Findings from a national survey. Smoking in Britain (draft) 3,6

Prevalence of anxiety and depression in long-term ex-smokers appears to be similar to what is found in never smokers.

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Prevalence of purchase of illicit tobacco in England and association with cost of smoking: 2012-2013
Robert West, Jamie Brown
Final: 19/02/15  Draft: 29/05/14   ID: 00005
West R, Brown J (2014) Prevalence of purchase of illicit tobacco in England and association with cost of smoking: 2012-2013 Smoking in Britain 2, 5

In 2013, an estimated 1 in 8 smokers reported purchasing cigarettes or tobacco from a source that suggested it was illicit. This was a decline from the previous year. The weekly cost saving for those smokers averaged just over a £1 per week.

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Non-daily smoking in England - addressing common misconceptions
Aleksandra Herbec, Jamie Brown, Robert West
Final: 19/02/15  Draft: 27/02/14   ID: 00004
Herbec A, Brown J, West R (2014) Non-daily smoking in England - addressing common misconceptions. Smoking in Britain 2, 4

Non-daily smoking remains rare in England and cigarette consumption is the equivalent of more than 5 per day. Non-daily smokers mostly do not report smoking for social reasons.

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Carbon monoxide verified 4-week quit rates in the English Stop Smoking Services before versus after establishment of the National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training
Robert West, Susan Michie
Final: 26/11/13  Draft: 21/09/13   ID: 00003
West R, Michie S (2013) Carbon monoxide verified 4-week quit rates in the English Stop Smoking Services before versus after establishment of the National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training. Smoking in Britain 1, 3

The mean CO-verified 4-week quit rate increased and variability decreased from immediately before to three years after establishment of the NCSCT. While other factors may have led, or contributed, to this change, the figures are consistent with the NCSCT having begun to meet its primary aim. It will be important to continue to monitor the Stop Smoking Service figures to assess the impact of changes taking places in the delivery of stop smoking support.

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Stop smoking practitioners' reports on the success of quit attempts they support
Leonie S. Brose, Robert West, Susan Michie, Andy McEwen
Final: 19/02/15  Draft: 19/09/13   ID: 00002
Brose L, West R, Michie S, McEwen A (2013) Stop smoking practitioners’ reports on the success of quit attempts they support. Smoking in Britain 1, 2

A considerable proportion of practitioners appears to not be aware of the outcomes of their clinical practice. Practitioners registered for training, who believe they can report success rates of clients’ quit attempts, report them reasonably accurately.

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Regional Trends in Smoking Prevalence in England: 2007-2012
Robert West, Jamie Brown
Final: 26/11/13  Draft: 02/04/13   ID: 00001
West R, Brown J (2013) Regional Trends in Smoking Prevalence in England: 2007-2012. Smoking in Britain 1, 1

Cigarette smoking prevalence in England has declined at significantly different rates in different parts of the country in the past 6 years; not all of the difference can be accounted for by changes in demographic factors.

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