Blackpool residents get a sporting chance to quit smoking


Quit and Get Fit is a free eight week course from Smokefreelife Blackpool

Quit and Get Fit is a free eight week course from Smokefreelife Blackpool

Smokers looking to quit can now kick the habit and get active at the same time thanks to a new health improvement initiative.

‘Quit and Get Fit’ is a free eight-week course from Smokefreelife Blackpool and Blackpool Football Club Community Trust.

It starts Wednesday, April 6 and will run from 6.30pm to 8pm at the club’s Bloomfield Road stadium.

Smokefreelife Blackpool’s Health Improvement Manager, Sam Thompson, said: “We take a very positive approach and are all about supporting and empowering people to improve their health and well being.

“Smokers are at least four times more likely to quit successfully when they have professional support so we’ll be providing free and regular advice, carbon monoxide tests, plus nicotine replacement therapies and products to help participants quit for good.”

Marc Joseph, Senior Health and Education Officer for Blackpool FC Community Trust, said: “The fitness sessions will be based around circuit training to start but we’ll be opening them up to suit the participants needs and wants.

“Team games such as dodgeball and handball are sure to improve the group dynamic and although the course is open to everyone we’re also looking to prevent under 25s developing a lifetime habit. We’re delighted to be part of Quit and Get Fit and future programmes are already being planned.”

Places are still available. Please contact Jill Penn on 07776 181648 for further details.

Smokefreelife Blackpool’s team of advisors can be contacted on 0800 246 1575 or 01253 462463, or text QUIT to 66777. Alternatively visit


Notes to editors:

Smokefreelife is Blackpool Council’s new stop smoking service, which is provided by healthcare innovations company Solutions 4 Health

Apart from Blackpool Council, Solutions 4 Health runs stop smoking services for some 30 local authorities across England. They have been responsible for 20% of NHS quitters to date, which amounts to 50,000 success stories.

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