§ Lord Braine of Wheatley
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What public assistance is currently available to smokers who wish to quit. [HL527]
§ Baroness Jay of Paddington:
In 1997–98, the Government are funding a Health Education Authority-run adult smoking education campaign costing £5.5 million. As part of the campaign, £700,000 is being given to Quit to operate the Quitline—a telephone helpline—which offers smoking cessation advice, counselling and support.
In addition, a wide range of health professionals, notably general practitioners, routinely offer cessation advice and support. These costs cannot be separately identified.