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Give Smoking the Red Card

25 February 2015

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At this Saturday's match with Fleetwood Town, Chesterfield FC will be teaming up with health leaders at NHS Hardwick CCG to give smoking the red card.

Ahead of no smoking day on March 11, health teams will be at the Proact Stadium issuing fans with red cards highlighting the stop smoking support that is available to them.

Supporters can also see Charlie Raglan as he deals with smoking in this video.

NHS Hardwick Clinical Commissioning Group have announced that adult smoking and smoking related deaths in Chesterfield and Bolsover are significantly above average for England - and that half of all regular smokers will eventually be killed by their addiction.

Andy Gregory, Chief Officer at NHS Hardwick Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Stopping smoking is the single most important thing you can do to improve your health, so make it your goal and give smoking the red card. 

"Smokers are up to four times more likely to quit with support from the NHS so I would urge everyone to take advantage of all the support services that are available.

“Stopping smoking brings real lifestyle and health benefits, like improvements in breathing and fitness, improved circulation, improved ability to taste and smell, improved appearance of skin and teeth, and having more money to spend."

Spireites defender Jack Broadhead also gave his feelings about smoking and how opinions on smoking have changed.

He said: “Staying fit and healthy is part of a footballer’s job but now more and more people are recognising the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and kicking smoking into touch.

“At one time it was thought cool to smoke but now everyone realises the serious damage it does to your health so the goal for any smoker must be to quit or best of all don’t even start.”

There are a range of flexible support options from the NHS to suit everyone, including clinics, telephone support, drop-in sessions and one-to-one support.  

Visit http://www.derbyshirecountystopsmokingservice.nhs.uk/ or call 0800 085 22 99 for more information.

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