According to recent NHS data looking at smoking quit rates for various social economic groups, full time students are the least successful when it comes to quitting smoking in England.

Data collected for the NHS shows that 34.8% of full time students successfully quit smoking at a 4 week follow up period after setting their quit date.  This compares to the national average of 47.9% who successfully quit smoking.  

The most successful groups when it came to quitting smoking were the retired and those in managerial or professional positions, where 56.2% had successfully quit smoking at a 4 week follow up from setting their quit date.   
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The quit smoking success rate for the various social economic groups are as follows:
  • Full time students 34.8%
  • Never worked or unemployed for over 1 year 37.8%
  • Sick/disabled and unable to return to work 41.7%
  • Unable to code 43.8%
  • Home carers (unpaid) 43.9%
  • Routine and manual occupations 51.0%
  • Intermediate occupations 53.0%
  • Prisoners 54.3%
  • Managerial and professional occupations 56.2%
  • Retired 56.2%

Data was collected on 552,602 people in England who had set a quit smoking date between April and December 2011.  Of those persons, 264,795 (47.9) had successfully quit smoking at the 4 week follow up period.

Data for the persons setting quit dates and smoking quit rates was collected from Local NHS Trusts by the NHS Information Centre.  
Source: The NHS Information Centre: Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services: England, April 2011 to December 2011 (Q3 - Quarterly report)

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information supplied herein, Direct Data Analysis Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions. Unless otherwise indicated, opinions expressed herein are those of the author of the page and do not necessarily represent the views of the NHS.


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Employee satisfaction surveys can be used to improve job satisfaction and increase performance.

Below is a very brief overview of employee satisfaction surveys, provided by Direct Data Analysis .

Employee satisfaction surveys can be useful tools to help employers identify employee satisfaction and dissatisfaction.  They can help identify and deal with any potential conflicts, provide useful and actionable information for managers, and help create loyal and motivated employees.

Organisations can undertake their own employee satisfaction surveys, however an external survey provider should be used to provide unbiased and independent reporting of the results. 

The survey should be confidential, collect no data which could personally identify an employee, and employees should be made aware of this.  The survey is less likely to gain a true reflection from employees if an individual thought that answers could be traced back to themselves.

In order to improve response rates, employees should be informed that the results from the survey will be used to improve the workplace.

The survey questionnaire should be developed so as not to provide any leading or vague questions.

A copy of the survey results should be made available for employees to see, and if this is the first employee survey, a follow up survey should be undertaken at a later stage in order to measure any improvements following actions undertaken based on the original survey results.