Comparison and trend data on SSS reflect use of services based within the local authority area, not the use of services by residents of that local authority. For Hackney, this does not make a big difference: the vast majority of those using Hackney-based SSS are residents of the borough. However, most of those using City based SSS are not City residents, so this indicator cannot be used to gauge how well City residents’ needs are being met (see Smoking – Local data – Service use).

Figure 1 shows that around 6% of the total number of Hackney smokers (almost 6,000 per 100,000 resident smokers) used local SSS in 2014/15. This is lower than the London rate and to the lower end of Hackney’s statistical peers, though similar to the England average.  This figure also suggests that the City of London has a very high rate of SSS use as a proportion of the resident population. However, as alluded to above, this is a misleading statistic as it reflects the high use of services by daytime City workers.

Nationally published data show that the rate of SSS use in Hackney dropped by around 30% in just one year, between 2013/14 and 2014/15. In the City, the fall was even more marked, at over 40%.  There was also a decline in the London and national rates over this period, but not to the same degree. 2

Local data collected over a longer time period (2009/10 to 2015/16) show that, while the number of people accessing City and Hackney SSS fell quite dramatically up to 2014/15 (a total drop of 58% over five years), there was a significant uplift in numbers in 2015/16 (see Figure 2).

Figure 1: Number of people using borough services who set a quit date per estimated 100,000 resident smokers (2014/15)

Source: Data from NHS Digital, analysis by Public Health England

Notes: All people who use SSS set a quit date, so this is the same as the number of people who sign up to the service.

Figure 2: Number of people setting a quit date with City and Hackney SSS over time (2009/10 to 2015/16)

Source: Data compiled from local NHS Digital (formerly HSCIC) returns for City and Hackney

Notes: Values not available separately for Hackney and City


  1. Public Health England, “Local Tobacco Control Profiles,” [Online]. Available: [Accessed 26 August 2016].
  2. Public Health England, “Local Tobacco Control Profiles,” [Online]. Available: [Accessed 26 August 2016].