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Quit smoking with Barça

This Saturday, December 1, in the Camp Nou’s Sala París, FC Barcelona and the European Commission will present the “Quit Smoking with Barça” campaign, an initiative that combines the efforts of both institutions to help millions of European smokers quit the habit and enjoy the benefits of a smoke-free life. Barça fans, football aficionados and the general populace will receive direct support to quit smoking from Barça’s first-team players, managers and Club staff.

President Sandro Rosell will attend the presentation ceremony, as will the director of the Club’s Medical Area, Jordi Monés, and, on behalf of the European Commission, the Director-General for Health and Consumers, Paola Testori-Coggi.

Agreement between Barça and the European Commission

The campaign was borne out the agreement that was presented on September 18 in Brussels between FC Barcelona and the European Commission. The agreement is an unprecedented association between a high-level European government department and a sports club.

The “Quit Smoking with Barça” campaign will make available a free online tool that will provide practical tips and a series of messages for smokers that want to quit the habit. The programme doesn’t judge smokers, rather it highlights the benefits of a life without smoke.

President Sandro Rosell, during his visit to the European Commission’s headquarters, noted that the programme’s objective is “to help football fans from around Europe regain control of their health and lives, encouraging them to be as passionate and committed to their own health as they are to the sport.”

Life without smoke

The “Quit Smoking with Barça” campaign is the result of two previous initiatives that encouraged a healthier lifestyle without tobacco. The first was the European Commission’s “Ex-Smokers are Unstoppable” campaign, which launched in 2011 across the 27 European Union member states, and the second was the Club’s “Barça Sense Fum” [Barça Without Smoke] – launched on the first day of 2012 – which banned smoking in the Club’s installations.

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