Starting November 20th, BC smokers will be given the opportunity to register to participate in the QuitNow and WIN contest running January 5 until February 2, 2010. The contest encourages smokers to turn to a buddy for encouragement, register online for support, and have the chance to win prizes totaling more than $20,000, provided by corporate sponsor McNeil Consumer Healthcare Canada.
Here’s some more details for you regarding the contest:
First and foremost the prizes are:
* One grand prize valued at $5000
* Five regional prizes valued at $1000
* Five age group prizes valued at $1000
* Five early bird prizes valued at $100
* Twenty-five referral prizes valued at $100
* Eleven buddy support prizes valued at $200
Registration runs from now until January 4th and then participants must remain tobacco free from January 5 through to February 2nd.
The way it works is:
1. Participants find a support buddy (the buddy is also eligible for prizes)
2. Register Online at QuitNow.ca (before December 16, they’re eligible for the early bird prizes even without doing anything!)
3. Quit – On February 3rd, potential winners will be asked to verify their tobacco free status through a urine test and a carbon monoxide breathalyzer.
There’s other support systems on the QuitNow site ready to make the process as easy as possible on Quitters
Last year over 7000 British Columbians registered for the contest. This year QuitNow is out to break that number by engaging more smokers online. You can now find QuitNow on Facebook and YouTube and follow it on Twitter.
“I had been thinking of giving up smoking for a while, and the contest was the push I needed,” said Justin Tournier, last year’s grand prize winner. “Cigarettes were no longer my companion, and I had to find new ways to deal with stress, boredom, social activities and habit. It was great to have a community of support to get past the rocky points and to learn new coping tactics. Once I had adapted to a new way of living, the need for cigarettes vanished. It’s been almost a year now since I quit and now, I wonder why I waited so long.”
Lung disease is the fastest growing cause of hospitalization, disability and death in Canada. Tobacco use is the main cause of lung disease, and the key risk factor that can be eliminated.
QuitNow Services is a free resource for all British Columbians wanting help to quit using tobacco. It helps smokers create a personalized program based on their needs that allows them to track their progress and develop strategies to stay tobacco-free.