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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-09589: Maree Todd (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 5 June 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what proportion of people have indicated in the Scottish Health Survey in each year since 1995 that they would like to give up smoking, and what information it has regarding how many succeeded in doing so.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 14 June 2017

The following table shows information from the Scottish Health Survey on the proportion of adult smokers indicating that they would like to give up smoking in each year since 2003. This information is not available from the two earlier Scottish Health Surveys in 1995 and 1998.

Adult smokers: proportion wanting to give up

 

2003

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

Yes

70

68

70

69

72

73

70

67

70

No

30

32

30

31

28

27

30

33

30

Source: Scottish Health Survey

Information on successful quit attempts is only collected for those using smoking cessation services in Scotland as recorded on the National Smoking Cessation Database. This is only a subset of the overall smoking population attempting to quit smoking and therefore not representative. Information on this subset can be viewed in the NHS Smoking Cessation Service Statistics (Scotland) 1st April 2014 to 31st March 2015 publication