HC Deb 05 March 2003 vol 400 c1112W
Dr. Evan Harris

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans the Government have for the expansion of smoking cessation services. [100069]

Ms Blears

We have plans for a substantial expansion in National Health Service smoking cessation services, and have allocated £138 million to the NHS over the three years from April 2003 for this purpose.

We have set the NHS a target of 800,000 smokers to have quit at the four week follow-up stage between 2003 and 2006. We have also set a target to reduce by one percentage point a year the smoking prevalence rate for women who continue to smoke throughout pregnancy and a target to update practice based registers so that patients with coronary heart disease continue to receive appropriate advice and treatment.