Still Time to Enter the Driven to Quit Challenge
Middlesex-London residents who make the decision to go smoke-free for the month of March still have time to enter for their chance to win a free car. There are nine days left for local smokers to take part in the Driven to Quit Challenge. Entries for the province-wide quit-smoking contest close at midnight on Wednesday, February 28th.
"Each year, the Driven to Quit contest gives many smokers the motivation they need to give up smoking," says Charlene Root, Public Health Nurse with the Middlesex-London Health Unit. "It also sets an attainable target to get started on the road to freedom from tobacco and gives them the resources and access to the supports they'll need to stay smoke-free."
The Canadian Cancer Society, in partnership with Public Health Units across Ontario, is presenting The Driven to Quit Challenge. The campaign is designed to encourage adults who are daily smokers to quit smoking for the month of March.
A random draw will be made on March 30, 2007 from the names of all those who took up the challenge. Prizes include a 2007 Acura CSX and 7 regional prizes of 32-inch Sony wide screen LCD, High Definition televisions, all of which are provided by Johnson and Johnson. Prizes will be presented on April 30th.
Statistics have shown that an estimated 16,000 Ontarians die as a result of smoking related illnesses each year. The Driven to Quit Challenge is an approach that helps to meet the challenge of reaching smokers and encouraging them to kick the habit.