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Nicotine replacement therapies by prescription in England 2000-2019

In 2000/01 the number of prescription items for nicotine replacement therapies amounted to 44 thousand. By 2018/19 was 396 thousand, while the number of items prescribed peaked between these years. In 2005/06 the number of NRT prescribed came to approximately two million, this was the largest number of prescriptions during the sixteen-year period.

Stop smoking services in England

In the period 2017/18, there were over 274 thousand individuals in England who set a quit smoking date with the NHS, approximately 145 thousand were female and 129 thousand were male. Of those that set a date to quit, over 138 thousand of them had been successful at a follow up four weeks later, which equates to over half.

Dangers of smoking

Over 1.8 million admissions to NHS hospitals in England in the financial year 2016/17 were caused by smoking. The number of admissions as a result of smoking has been creeping upwards since 2000. Consequently, the number of admissions due to cancers caused by smoking in England has increased since the year 2000, reaching almost 344 thousand in 2016/17.

Number of prescription items of nicotine replacement therapies (NRT) to quit smoking in England from 2000 to 2019

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Release date

July 2019


United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

2000 to 2019

Age group

16 years and older

Method of interview

Computer-assisted personal interviews (CAPI)

Supplementary notes

The source provides the following information:
- this information was obtained from the Prescribing Analysis and CosT (PACT) system, which covers prescriptions prescribed by GPs, nurses, pharmacists and others in England and dispensed in the community in the UK.
- prescriptions written in England but dispensed outside England are included.

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