Smoking Cessation Engagement

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Devon was commissioned to undertake a survey to help understand what would encourage more people to use the NHS Stop Smoking Service, a key intervention in reducing smoking prevalence, and how this would need to be delivered to make it more accessible. Healthwatch felt the survey had a poor response (66 responses in total) and majority were gathered whilst in Ilfracombe which makes the results more representative of Ilfracombe than Devon, but still provides some good insights. The feedback was gathered through a questionnaire asking people about their routine and habits and where and how they would like support to stop smoking. The target group to engage with included: Routine and manual workers, people with mental health, unemployed, those living in deprived areas and people with learning disability. The report also summarises the results of a focus group held with 4 people about their smoking habits and history and their views about the Stop Smoking Service. Some key findings from the report are: - The majority, over 90%, smoked daily, and over threequarters of these started smoking within an hour of waking. - Approximately half of those spoken to had tried an e-cigarette, mostly to help cut down or to quit smoking. - Over three-quarters of respondents had heard of the Stop Smoking Service, but less than a third had actually used the service. - Approximately one-quarter of those spoken to don’t see themselves quitting. - The majority of those that did want to quite were planning to do so alone using a mixture of e-cigarettes and nicotine patches. - Of those that would like support, face-to-face was the most popular choice of support, delivered either at a GP/doctor’s surgery or pharmacy. - For those with a mental health condition, face-to-face, one-to-one support would be the most welcome form of support. In addition providing peer support once an individual had quit would be welcomed. There are no recommendations in the report.

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General details

Report title 
Smoking Cessation Engagement
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Devon
Date of publication 
Wednesday, 8 April, 2015
Date evidence capture began 
Wednesday, 8 April, 2015
Date evidence capture finished 
Wednesday, 8 April, 2015
Type of report 
Key themes 
Health promotion
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
What type of organisation requested the work 
Local Council
If this work has been done in partnership, who is the partner? 
Be Invovled Devon
Primary research method used 
Focus group
Structured interview

Details of health and care services included in the report

Primary care services 
Community pharmacy
Secondary care services 

Details about conditions and diseases

Types of disabilities 
Learning or understanding or concentrating
Mental health

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
All people 18 and over
Other population characteristics 
People who are long-term unemployed
People who live in poverty
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Does the information include staff's views? 
Does the information include other people's views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.