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Footballer kicks off no smoking message

PUBLISHED: 15:16 16 December 2009 | UPDATED: 09:17 12 August 2010

LEGENDARY footballer and pundit Andy Townsend attended a stop smoking event at a five-a-side centre in Elmers End. The former Welling United player was presenting a show live from the venue for talkSport Radio – which sponsors the Smokefree United initia

LEGENDARY footballer and pundit Andy Townsend attended a stop smoking event at a five-a-side centre in Elmers End.

The former Welling United player was presenting a show live from the venue for talkSport Radio - which sponsors the Smokefree United initiative.

The aim is to get people to sign up to the scheme online and support each other in their efforts to give up the killer weed.

Mr Townsend, who also played for Chelsea, Aston Villa and the Republic of Ireland, said: "Fortunately I have never been a smoker but I am just delighted to be able to support anything that might make just one person give it up.

"There are so many reasons not to smoke and now with the smoking ban in pubs it just seems so antisocial. Lots of people do however still do it and if this makes it easier for them to give up something that has such a detrimental effect on their health then great." Simon Voysey, from Balham, who signed up to Smokefree United, won a Talksport party for his efforts at kicking the habit.

Mr Voysey, 33, hasn't smoked in over a month and although he admitted it had been a battle he was delighted with how it is going.

"It was the only part of my life that I had no control over and that didn't sit well with me," he admitted.

"Knowing I won the party made it easier as well because I knew I had something to look forward to and it has been great meeting Andy Townsend and being on radio."

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