Health & Wellbeing Service - Manchester

Giving Smoking the Red Card


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Under 14s ‘Give Smoking the Red Card’


Oswald Road Football Club’s Under 14s team beat Timperley Village Dragons in a thriller ending 4-3 in their new ‘Give Smoking the Red Card’ kit sponsored by Manchester Stop Smoking Service.

Paul Roscoe, manager of the Oswald Road U14s said ‘we very much support the ‘Give smoking the Red Card’ campaign to promote awareness amongst the young of the dangers of second hand smoke and see this as a highly effective way of getting this message across to young footballers and their supporters. The team are also obviously very excited about starting the new season in a brand new kit which we thank the NHS for providing.’

Ali Reid of the Stop Smoking Service, said ‘We’re delighted that the team will be carrying the message to give smoking the red card to all their matches. Breathing second hand smoke makes children and young people ill and has a massive impact on their ability to take part in and enjoy sport. It’s important that people keep their homes and cars completely smokefree. We thank the team for supporting our work and wish them all the best this season’

Manchester Stop Smoking Service’s award winning smokefree homes movement is open to all the city’s residents who keep their home completely smokefree – those who smoke, those who have quit and those who have never smoked are all welcome. If people smoke themselves they can take seven steps outside to do so and ask visitors to do the same.

Football mascots team up to give smoking the red card!


Manchester United and Manchester City Football Club’s mascots Fred the Red and Moonchester have teamed up to ‘Give Smoking the Red Card’ in a campaign to protect children from breathing other peoples cigarette smoke. The football clubs have placed their logos side by side on the back of the red cards to support this initiative being run by Manchester Stop Smoking Service.

The team mascots met at St Paul’s School St Paul's Rd Withington on 28th March, where the Year 5 and 6 children have been learning about ‘chemical soup’, the poisonous mixture of 4,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke.

Would you make soup out of battery acid, rat poison, toilet cleaner and fertiliser and leave it bubbling on a stove while children play nearby? Manchester Stop Smoking Service, which is provided by Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust, has trained staff at the school to explain chemical soup, and children who have seen the inspirational demonstration have produced posters to promote the smokefree homes message.

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