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Think about breaking up during National Non-Smoking week

Jan 17, 2012
Breaking up is hard to do, but that’s exactly what the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is encouraging tobacco users to start planning during National Non-Smoking Week this week.

Breaking up is hard to do, but that’s exactly what the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is encouraging tobacco users to start planning during National Non-Smoking Week this week.

“While breaking a tobacco addiction is not easy, with some planning, willpower and support, people can and are doing it every day,” says Leslie Gordon, the health unit’s tobacco program coordinator. “And right now there is an added incentive – the chance to win a new car in the annual Driven to Quit challenge.”

Last year more than 2,600 local residents entered the challenge. Local surveying shows the majority of adults who smoke want to quit, so the health unit is hoping to attract more participants this year who are ready to make a quit attempt.

The challenge is open to all Ontario residents 19 years of age and older. Entrants must sign up with a support buddy who becomes eligible for a $200 cash prize, and stay tobacco free the month of March 2012 to qualify to win. Sign up any time before midnight February 29 at www.driventoquit.ca.

The first place prize is a choice of a Ford Fusion hybrid or Edge. There are also two $5,000 vacation getaways and seven regional prizes of $2,000.

“But, and we say this every time we talk to someone thinking about quitting, everyone who quits is a winner. It is the single best thing you can do for your health,” added Gordon.

“And think what a great role model you will be for children and loved ones.”

The 2011 Driven to Quit Challenge grand prize winner, Brian Perkins, says he traded his 30-year relationship with cigarettes for some new connections.

“The biggest help was being online on Facebook, reading comments, getting feedback from other people quitting,” said Perkins, celebrating his one-year anniversary of being tobacco free. “Being able to form relationships with other people who understand what you are going through is a big help.”

The Driven to Quit Challenge community can be found online at facebook.com/smokershelpline and twitter.com/smokershelpline.

For more information visit www.driventoquit.ca or call Smokers’ Helpline at 1-877-513-5333.

 

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