£60m to help kick habit

Anti-smoking
initiatives vary widely in their success rates around the country, a
government-commissioned report has found.

The
Department of Health asked Kent University to examine the effectiveness of
smoking cessation programmes. Regions with longer established schemes were much
more effective than others.

Ability
to recruit specialist staff varied, and there were different degrees of success
in reaching disadvantaged, teenage and pregnant smokers.

Health
Action Zones have led most of the work. From April smoking cessation programmes
will be provided by all health authorities as part of a £60m, three-year
programme.

"Seven
out of 10 smokers say they want to give up and many are quitting with help from
the NHS," said Yvette Cooper, minister for public health.

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