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Quit Contest Offers $5,000 In Cash Prizes

In Local News on August 4, 2010 at 9:15 am

WASHINGTON, Ind. – Officials representing the Daviess County Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Coalition are making an all-out effort to raise community awareness about the benefits of smoke free air and will be encouraging smokers to pledge to quit using tobacco and take a chance at winning a grand prize of $2,500.

First introduced in 2007, the “Quit Now Indiana” contest is designed to encourage any Hoosier resident 18 years or older and who is a regular smoker to quit using tobacco from Sept. 1st to Sept. 30th. The top prize winner, who successfully quits smoking from September 1st to September 30th, 2010, and whose name is randomly drawn, will receive $2,500 as the grand prize winner. The second and third place winners will receive $1,500 and $1,000, respectively.

In addition to signing up online at www.INShape.IN.gov and www.quitnowindiana.com, tobacco users can sign up at boxes placed in various locations around the county. The contest boxes will also be at such events as the 2010 Indiana State Fair and the 1-800-QUIT-NOW Concert Series at the Lawn at White River State Park in Indianapolis. The entry deadline is August 23rd.

According to Sally Petty, coordinator of the Daviess County Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Coalition, this year’s contest will have a focus on encouraging people to quit with an additional focus on outreach through employers. The coalition is providing posters and information to businesses throughout the county with information about the Quit Now Indiana Contest and how to register.

Data shows that an employer with a workforce of at least 500 people will spend as much as $400,000 annually on costs related to tobacco use by their employees. The coalition has additional information available for business owners and managers about how to reduce costs related to employee tobacco use.

Hoosier employers are invited to become a Preferred Employer with the Indiana Tobacco Quitline (1-800-QUIT-NOW), a free quit service offered through ITPC. For more information concerning the Preferred Employer program, contact ITPC at (317) 234-1787. Or, contact Petty at 812-698-0232.

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