This Friday, on the eve of the ERS Annual Congress of the European Respiratory Society, an initiative kicked off at the Plaza de la Universidad whereby anyone who wishes can undergo a free lung test. In addition to these tests, there is also information on how to join the “Quit smoking with Barça” campaign.

The director responsible for FC Barcelona’s Medical Services, Jodri Monés, participated in the inauguration of the initiative, which will remain open through Saturday (from 10.00 to 20.00). Franceso Blasi, president of the of the European Respiratory Society; Monica Fletcher, president of the European Lung Foundation; Cristina Blanco Iniesta, delegate of Health and president of the Public Health Agency of Barcelona and Joaquín Geo, president of the European Respiratory Society Congress were all in attendance.

The importance of promoting values

In his address, Monés, who was accompanied by Ramon Canal, chief of the Club’s Medical Services, reiterated the Club’s desire to promote a particular set of values: “The Club is very pleased and proud to take part in this initiative. As you know, in addition to competing, our desire to promote values like good health is part of the Club’s DNA. We’ve shown that we’re committed [to promote good health] with our ‘Barça without smoke’ and ‘Quit smoking with Barça’ campaigns.”

The director responsible for the Club’s Medical Services then went on to talk about the importance of early detection in preventative lung diseases, and he invited all those who wish to take the first step toward a healthier life to undergo a lung test: “There are lung diseases that are preventable, and we’re committed to this campaign so that we can improve lung health not only for Barça fans, but for football fans in general.”

A global campaign

Monica Fletcher highlighted the fact that FC Barcelona are pioneers in the field due to the fact that smoking has been banned at the Camp Nou and that the Club has taken an active role in improving the health of citizens. Fletcher went on to discuss the influence Barça have on a global scale: “The initiative with the European Commission has helped people from all over the world. The campaign has a global reach. You are not aware how far reaching Barça’s message can be.”

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