Prescription Items For the Treatment of Smoking Dependence

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This dataset presents information on the number of prescription items written for pharmacotherapies for the treatment of smoking dependence, prescribed in primary care and dispensed in the community, by Commissioning Region, Region and Clinical Commissioning Group.


NHS (National Health Services) Stop Smoking Services provide counseling and support to smokers wanting to quit, complementing the use of stop smoking aids (NRT, Zyban and Champix). There are three main pharmacotherapies prescribed for the treatment of smoking dependence in England: Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT), Bupropion (Zyban) and Varenicline (Champix).

The number of prescription items dispensed in England in 2015-2016 was 1.2 million, compared to 2.2 million ten years ago. In 2015-2016, 644 thousand items of NRT (Nicotine Replacement Therapies) and 489 thousand items of Varenicline were dispensed. Bupropion is the least common item, with only 21 thousand dispensed in 2015-2016.

NHS Blackpool had the highest rate of prescription items dispensed by Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), with 52 per 1,000 population. NHS Lincolnshire East and NHS Bradford Districts were the only other CCGs to record rates of over 40 items per 1,000 population (both 42). NHS Bracknell & Ascot, NHS Windsor, Ascot & Maidenhead, and NHS North & West Reading all recorded rates of below 2 items per 1,000 population.

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John Snow Labs; Office for National Statistics (ONS), NHS Digital (National Health Service, England);

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Smoking, Smoking Cessation, Quit Smoking, Smoking in Adults, Smoking Prevalence in UK, Prescription For Smoking Treatment, Smoking Cessation Data, Smoking Dependence

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Prescriptions Dispensed For the Treatment of Smoking Dependence, Treatment of Smoking Dependece in UK, Smoking Prescriptions dispensed in UK

CCG_Area_CodeClinical Commissioning Group area codesstringrequired : 1
NHS_Area_CodeNHS (National Health Services) area codesstring-
Area_NameName of the areastringrequired : 1
Prescription_Items_For_All_PharmacotherapiesNumber of prescription items dispensed for all pharmacotherapiesintegerrequired : 1 level : Ratio
Prescription_Items_For_Nicotine_Replacement_TherapiesNumber of prescription items dispensed for Nicotine Replacement Therapiesintegerrequired : 1 level : Ratio
Prescription_Items_For_Bupropion_TherapyNumber of prescription items dispensed for Bupropion Therapyintegerrequired : 1 level : Ratio
Prescription_Items_For_Varenicline_TherapyNumber of prescription items dispensed for Varenicline Therapyintegerrequired : 1 level : Ratio
Prescription_Items_Per_1000_For_All_PharmacotherapiesNumber of prescription items dispensed Per 1000 population for all pharmacotherapiesintegerrequired : 1 level : Ratio
Prescription_Items_Per_1000_For_Nicotine_Replacement_TherapiesNumber of prescription items dispensed Per 1000 population for Nicotine replacement therapies (NRT)integerlevel : Ratio
Prescription_Items_Per_1000_For_Bupropion_TherapyNumber of prescription items dispensed Per 1000 population for Bupropion therapyintegerlevel : Ratio
Prescription_Items_Per_1000_For_Varenicline_TherapyNumber of prescription items dispensed Per 1000 population for Varenicline therapyintegerlevel : Ratio
E3800014810TNHS Slough3171539155211
E3800003703VNHS Corby1126327779217512
E3800007408ENHS Harrow174995964726743
E3800000209CNHS Ashford96212525812817
E3800002007PNHS Brent24861392921002843
E3800011308MNHS Newham1963102648889633
E3800014103LNHS Rotherham68540714264321
E3800002400VNHS Bury3568181383167219109
E3800004007VNHS Croydon2560420922048715
E3800018010DNHS Swale191148329139917412