NHS anti-smoking initiatives successful but patchy, says report

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NHS anti-smoking initiatives are performing well in the most affected authorities but much remains to be done, warns a report from the Healthcare Commission.

A third of NHS trusts were judged to be "excellent" in administering anti-smoking programmes and achieving results.

More than half (56 per cent) were rated "good" and 11 per cent "fair". None of the trusts examined were judged to be "poor", the lowest rating.

The progress being made was uneven in some areas however, said the commission, with trusts in socially deprived districts - which tend to have higher rates of smoking - making better progress than more affluent districts.

"The good news is that where smoking prevalence is the greatest the NHS is showing strong performance," said Anna Walker, chief executive of the Health Commission.

"Continuing on this path of good practice is crucial if we are to tackle health inequalities, which are still too great.

"Although primary care trusts are getting the basics right, I would now encourage those trusts that did not score to the highest levels to learn from these results and drive forward with their improvement.

"No matter what background you come from or where you live, everyone deserves the best support in tackling smoking."

Smoking is the leading cause of avoidable death around the globe, with more than 106,000 smoking related casualties in the UK every year, costing the NHS around billion.

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