Lincoln residents third most successful at quitting smoking

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Lincoln residents are among the most successful at quitting smoking, with 47% of those who joined an NHS programme last year now counting themselves smoke free.

Research analysed by found that 382,500 people in total in the UK had set a quit date through NHS Stop Smoking Services in the year 2015 – 2016.

Follow up results had proven that 47% of Lincoln residents had succeeded in quitting.


According to YouGov, 7% of men and 3% of women in the UK are aiming to quit smoking this January, though the majority will fail within a month.

Among the nine regions included in the study, the South East reported the highest proportion of successful quitters with a quit rate of 56%.

Of the cities analysed by, the highest were:

  • Peterborough (56%)
  • Leeds (51%)
  • Lincoln (47%)

In contrast, among the lowest were:

  • Bristol (30%)
  • Newcastle (26%)
  • Blackpool (12%)

Managing Director of said: “The stop smoking services provided by the NHS has numerous successes, with significant quit smoking figures such as 56% in Peterborough.

“If you look to some of the lower figures in some areas of the country, the programme seems to have had little effect on quit smoking rates, due to a discrepancy of budgets.

“Overall the chances of successfully quitting is in fact four times more likely with group support or a substitute stop smoking aid.

“There are always alternatives, so if one such as the stop smoking groups does not help, we recommend you seek other help to support your habit.”