This year the Chair of the ERS Tobacco Control Committee, Prof Christina Gratziou, joined race participants for scientific sessions as a representative of the ERS and the Hellenic Thoracic Society (HTS)
During the sessions, Prof Gratziou
discussed the importance of athletic activities and smoking cessation for healthy lungs and highlighted the national no smoking campaign run by the HTS. All participants received a T-shirt with the key message of the campaign: "I'm running to quit… smoking cessation clinics.
The campaign has also hosted a discussion on Facebook, where users posted their reasons for quitting.
Free spirometry tests were also offered to 1000 participants to raise awareness of the importance of lung health.
also spoke about the EU commission initiative, 'Ex-Smokers are Unstoppable' which celebrates the achievements of the ex-smokers from all over Europe and offers free help to stop smoking.
said: "Despite the bad weather conditions, an impressive number of athletes took part in this year's Classical Marathon.