Butting Out For Driven To Quit Challenge Nets Prizes

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For many people the month of March marked the beginning of the end of winter, for others it was the beginning of the end of a smoking habit that could shorten their lives.

Nearly 27,000 Ontarians took up the Driven to Quit Challenge in March, giving up smoking for the month in the hopes of not only winning great prizes, but taking a big step towards kicking smoking for good.

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The Driven to Quit Challenge was designed to encourage Ontario adults who are daily smokers to quit smoking for 30 days. Those who completed the challenge were entered into a draw for the chance to win a number of prizes, including the grand prize of a 2007 Acura CSX, seven regional prizes of a 32-inch Sony wide screen LCD, High Definition televisions and several local prizes.

The winner of the Sony television for the South West region was Al Serpa of London; while local prizes were presented to Daryl Branston of London (Rainbow Cinemas movie passes), Ian Tremblay of London (Dinner for 4 at Rockwater Brew and BBQ) and Bonnie Kilbourn of Dorchester (Canadian Tire car safety kit).

"We're very happy that there were so many people who were ready to take up the Driven to Quit Challenge," says Charlene Root, Public Health Nurse with the Middlesex-London Health Unit. "Each one is a winner because they've been given the best prize of all, a fresh start on a longer, healthier life."

Although the Driven to Quit Challenge is over, there is still help for those who want to quit smoking. The Middlesex-London Health Unit offers support and information for those who are looking for a way to butt out.

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