Quit smoking and win a car Print

Oshawa and Whitby residents who manage to quit smoking could also find themselves behind the wheels of a new car as a result.

Durham Region Health Department is inviting area residents who want to quit smoking to enter the Driven to Quit Challenge, a province-wide contest launched this month by the Canadian Cancer Society.

“The New Year is an excellent time to quit smoking and the benefits of quitting go far beyond the chance to win a new car,” says Shelley Simic, a public health nurse with the Health Department.  “We know that many Durham Region smokers are interested in quitting, as an ongoing Health Department survey indicates that approximately 20 per cent of Durham adults are current smokers and of those, about 60 per cent plan on quitting within the next six months.”

The Driven to Quit Challenge is designed to encourage adults to quit smoking for the month of March with the support of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Smokers’ Helpline. All participants who quit smoking by March 1 and remain smoke-free for the month of March will be eligible to win a 2011 Honda CR-Z Hybrid or Honda Insight Hybrid, one of two vacation getaways, or one of seven regional prizes.

“Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in Ontario and quitting smoking is one of the best steps a person can take to improve their health,” says Dr. Robert Kyle, Durham Region Medical Officer of Health. “Although quitting isn’t easy, there are ways to improve your chances of quitting - this contest is one incentive to help people quit. We also encourage participants to talk to their healthcare provider about other proven smoking cessation strategies.”

The Driven to Quit Challenge is for residents of Ontario, 19 years of age and older who are currently daily or occasional tobacco users. Individuals can register for the contest until Feb. 28 at www.driventoquit.ca.

For more information on the Driven to Quit Challenge or other Health Department smoking cessation resources, please call Durham Health Connection Line at 905-666-6241 or 1-800-841-2729 or Smokers’ Helpline at 1-877-513-5333 or visit www.driventoquit.ca.