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Friday January 10th, 2014

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Quitting smoking is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions, but one that people struggle with given the addictive nature of nicotine.

This year, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit will help those who are trying to quit by encouraging them to sign up for Leave The Pack Behind’s wouldurather… contest and the Canadian Cancer Society’s, Driven to Quit, challenge.

For the first time, the annual wouldurather… contest is offering eight weeks of free nicotine patches or gum to all eligible participants, and a chance to win a number of grand prizes. The contest is open to all students and young adults between the age of 18 and 29. The same participants and any other smokers over the age of 19 in Ontario, who have used tobacco at least once weekly for at least 10 months in 2013, and who have used tobacco at least 100 times in their life, are also encouraged to sign-up for the Canadian Cancer Society’s, Driven to Quit, challenge where they will have a chance to win a new car.

“Tobacco remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in Ontario, killing 13,000 people annually or 36 people a day,” says Dr. Heimann, Medical Office of Health, Windsor-Essex County Health Unit. “Many smokers make five to seven attempts to quit smoking before they quit successfully and accessing quit smoking supports and programs can help increase a smoker’s chance of becoming tobacco-free.”

Registration for both programs has already started. Leave The Pack Behind’s, wouldurather…, contest is open until January 26, 2014, and the Canadian Cancer Society’s, Driven to Quit, challenge is open for registration until February 28, 2014.

For more information on the Driven to Quit challenge please visit the Canadian Cancer Society’s, Driven to Quit website found here. For more information on the wouldurather…contest visit their website here.

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