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Contest Challenges Young Adults to Quit or Cut Back Their Tobacco Use

Dec 09, 2014
Are you between the ages of 18 and 29 and up for a challenge that can win you cash and help you quit or cut back on your tobacco use?

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SIMCOE MUSKOKA – Are you between the ages of 18 and 29 and up for a challenge that can win you cash and help you quit or cut back on your tobacco use? Then WoulduRather.ca, running between January 26 and March 9, 2015, is the right challenge for you.

This online contest has been designed specifically for young adults and offers various ways to win cash prizes. If you can quit smoking, party without the smoke, cut your smoking in half, or stay tobacco free for six weeks, you will be eligible to win.

“The contest was first targeted to post-secondary students, but it has been so successful that it is now open to all young adults in our communities,” said Monica Bovett, a public health nurse in the health unit’s tobacco program. “Not every young adult is ready to quit right now, so whether you smoke every day or only when you drink, or whether you are a social smoker or stress smoker, there is a perfect category for you.”

Participants register at WoulduRather.ca, choose a category, and commit to fulfill a pledge, which makes them eligible to win:

  • $2,500 if you quit for good;
  • $1,000 for cutting back 50 per cent;
  • $750 if you party without tobacco; or
  • $250 if you stay tobacco free for six weeks.

Participants will have the option to get free nicotine patches or nicotine gum to help with cravings during the contest period. Supportive email messaging, buddy support and phone counseling through Smokers’ Helpline is also available.

Registration is open until January 25, 2015. For more information, visit WoulduRather.ca or simcoemuskokahealth.org, call Health Connection at 705-721-7520 / 1-877-721-7520, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or connect with the health unit on Facebook and Twitter.

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