Footballers are supporting the Stoptober campaign to encourage people to quit smoking.
Wisbech Town Football Club has teamed up with Camquit to urge people to kick the habit for good.
Nearly 7,000 people in Fenland have registered with Camquit, Cambridgeshire County Council’s Stop Smoking Service, in the last five years.
But Wisbech has the highest rate of smokers in Cambridgeshire.
A total of 90 per cent of patients aged 15 and over registered in Wisbech were recorded as having been smokers, according to figures released by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group earlier this year.
To help lower those rates, Camquit will be running a stall at the Elgood’s Stadium on match days plus the mobile service will be in Fenland over the coming weeks.
Kelley Lewis, vice chairman of Wisbech Town Football Club, is pleased to be supporting the campaign.
He said: “We’re delighted to back the Stoptober campaign and Camquit as quitting smoking is a great way to improve your health.
“We’re working with Camquit to make sure our fans and staff can get the message about how important it is to quit.”
Annual number of deaths nationally from smoking related diseases are around 80,000, while around 800 people each year die in Cambridgshire.
Smoking prevalence amongst adults over the age of 18 in Cambridgeshire is 13.5 per cent but in Fenland it is 21.9 per cent. Rates in other districts are: 9.5 per cent in Cambridge, 18.1 per cent in East Cambridgeshire, 11.6 per cent in Huntingdon and 11.4 per cent in South Cambridgeshire.
Camquit’s mobile service will be offering support and advice today in March Market Place. The team will be at the Rosmini Centre in Wisbech tomorrow and St Peter’s Church Hall, March, on Friday.
It will be arriving at Wisbech Baptist Church on Thursday, October 15, and Whittlesey market on Friday, October 16. The service will be running from Adsa in Wisbech on Wednesday, October 22, and Chatteris market on Friday, October 30.
Claire Mead, Camquit coordinator, said: “It’s brilliant that Wisbech Town Football Club have joined the Stoptober campaign. There are clear penalties to smoking including increased chances of certain cancers, strokes and heart disease. Camquit can help you beat smoking with our free expert help. Join the thousands quitting this Stoptober and give us a call on 0800 018 4304”