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Targets exceeded for number of smokers quitting

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

We have exceeded its three month target of helping more than 400 smokers kick the habit.

 New figures show 422 smokers within Greater Glasgow and Clyde quit successfully in the first quarter of 2018/19 – exceeding the Scottish Government’s target of 414 quits. 

Each year, the Government sets each health board a target for the number of people it helps to successfully quit their habit.

We were one of four Boards to surpass the quarterly target through its expert dedicated teams delivering Quit Your Way services.

Dr Linda de Caestecker, Director of Public Health, said: “I am delighted with these new figures – each one of these 422 quits is an individual success story and a new chapter in that person’s life with immediate health improvements.

“In 2017/18, more than 2,000 people used our Quit Your Way services to successfully stop smoking. People who have used the service are recommending us to friends and family which is a great endorsement.

“Looking beyond the numbers and percentages, you see the human stories involved. While we celebrate our achievement, we maintain our focus on providing high quality services that people want.

“Last year our health and well-being survey showed that only 20% of people in Greater Glasgow and Clyde are now smokers. This represents a drop of 37% since 2008. This improvement will have a major impact on the health of our population.

“Our Quit Your Way Services are here to help people quit the habit and improve their health and bank balances. We offer support to people for as long as they need it and take into account individual circumstances and the treatments that people feel suit them best. 

“It’s important to remember that the benefits are being felt not only by those who have quit, but clearly also by those who are no longer exposed to their second hand smoke which is especially harmful to babies and children. 

“I’d urge those looking to quit smoking to look at our service today – you don’t need to struggle on your own.” 

All NHSGGC Quit Your Way services are completely free and offer:

  • The best tried and tested methods available to help you stop
  • Access to specially trained stop smoking advisors
  • Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy and other stop smoking medications.
  • Accessible venues for all
  • Access to extra support and information through our Facebook and twitter communities

Despite the continuing drop in smoking rates, smoking remains the biggest single preventable cause of ill-health and premature death in Scotland. 

NHSGGC Quit Your Way services are committed to helping those that want to stop smoking to successfully do so. Half of smokers want to quit for good, while a third of deaths amongst those aged 35 to 69 in Greater Glasgow and Clyde are caused by smoking. 

Tobacco use accounts for almost one in four of all deaths in Scotland, is responsible for around 33,500 hospital admissions annually and costs the NHS around £400 million every year to treat smoking-related illnesses. 

Further information on the Quit Your Way service is available from

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Last Updated: 11 November 2021