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.   
Direct Data Analysis Quit Smoking Survey
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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