The number of people in the north-east seeking help to quit smoking has fallen by almost 1,000 since 2009.
But the overall number of smokers over the age of 16 in the NHS Grampian area has dropped from 106,058 in 2012/13 to 93,106 in 2016/17 – the most up-to-date-figures available.
Statistics from ISD Scotland on NHS Smoking Cessation Services reveal that, in Grampian, 5,513 people sought help to quit in 2017/18.
This compares with 5,760 the year before, and 6,453 in 2009/10.
Health chiefs say the figures show there have been more than 20,000 quit attempts in Grampian in the past five years, with more than 5,500 people staying off smoking for at least three months.
Despite fewer people signing up for help to quit over the past decade, in the north-east, more people successfully gave up smoking after a four-week session and a 12-week session than the national average.
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An NHS Grampian spokesman said: “These are more than just statistics, it’s the people and the lives behind them that really matters.
“For each person that quits smoking, it is another potential life saved.
“There are also a lot of factors behind these numbers, not least the changes across society in our attitudes towards smoking, and its impact on health.
“The figures also demonstrate the results of a concerted effort by local smoking cessation services within NHS Grampian and community pharmacies.
“All our cessation services are geared up to help smokers reach their goal of stopping through help and advice tailored to an individual’s own circumstances.”