Norfolk men stick to quitting smoking better than women, NHS reveal
PUBLISHED: 17:35 15 February 2018 | UPDATED: 17:50 15 February 2018
Norfolk men are more likely to stick to their plans to quit smoking than Norfolk women, according to figures from NHS England.
The news comes alongside statistics that show Norfolk smokers are generally less likely to quit smoking within a set date than the rest of England.
When setting a date with doctors men were one percentage point more likely to quit than women, while over-60s were the most successful age group, with 54% successfully quitting compared to 41% of 18-34 year olds.
This was mirrored by the jobs of the most successful Norfolk quitters, with full-time students only quitting 28% of the time and retirees were the most likely to quit with 55% succeeding.
Of the 2,494 people in Norfolk who have signed up with the NHS Stop Smoking Service, 46% kicked the habit in a timeframe agreed with doctors, three percent lower than the national average of 49%, according to self-reported quit rates.
Norfolk quitters can claim some local pride however, with county smokers more likely than their Suffolk counterparts to quit overall, with 44% of Suffolk quitters stopping smoking.
Out of all the 145 local authorities to report their data, the highest quit rate was 85% in Slough and the lowest was 23% in Cumbria.
Of those who started the process who had their result validated through a test that checks carbon monoxide in their bloodstream, 32% of the total participants proved they had taken their last puff of a cigarette; again three percent less than the national average.
Despite the lower than average figures, there are still success stories from those in Norfolk who try to kick the habit.
One such success story was Mr R, who wished to remain anonymous.
Using the East Coast Community Healthcare Stop Smoking service and with one-to-one support from the service, Mr R successfully reduced the level of carbon monoxide in his breath, a key indicator for checking whether someone smokes, from 9ppm to 3ppm.
He said: “During my time in giving up smoking I endured tough times which included my mother and father-in-law both needing operations and my brother-in-law diagnosed with a brain tumour.
“My father also suffered a massive heart attack and to top all of this I suffered a mild heart attack myself.
He added: “Despite all of these major problems my advisor stuck by me and helped me through it all and is continuing to do so.
“I am now completely a non-smoker and I couldn’t have done it without the help from him.”