Huron County, ON – Thinking of quitting smoking? Why not win some money while you’re at it? The Huron County Health Unit encourages those over the age of 19 who smoke to sign up now for the First Week Challenge Contest.
“Quitting is a process that takes multiple attempts, and September is a popular month for a quit attempt,” says Katie Crocker, Public Health Nurse. “The First Week Challenge Contest provides the motivation to make a quit attempt.”
Organized by the Canadian Cancer Society, the First Week Challenge Contest asks people who smoke to stay tobacco-free for the first seven days of the month for the chance to win $500. The contest helps give those thinking of quitting smoking that extra nudge to take the first step.
If $500 isn’t incentive enough, the health benefits from quitting smoking are a huge win. Those successful in staying tobacco-free during the one week are nine times more likely to quit smoking, according to the Canadian Cancer Society.
There are two easy steps to enter:
- Register before midnight on August 31 at www.FirstWeekChallengeContest.ca to be entered in the September challenge.
- Remain tobacco-free for the first seven days of September for a chance to win $500.
One winner will be randomly chosen from six provinces across Canada after the September contest ends. This contest is open to those 19 years of age or older.
“Start planning for a September quit attempt now,” says Crocker. “Having a plan, along with entering the First Week Challenge Contest, increases your chances of quitting for good.”
To sign up for the First Week Challenge Contest, or for more information, visit www.FirstWeekChallengeContest.ca or call the Smokers’ Helpline at 1.877.513.5333.
For more information on local quit smoking supports and services available, visit www.huronhealthunit.ca or call the Huron County Health Unit at 519.482.3416 or toll free 1.877.837.6143.
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