Kicking the Habit Might Mean a New Car and Other Prizes!


This National Non-Smoking week, Algoma Public Health Unit is encouraging tobacco users in our region to make 2015 their healthiest year by quitting smoking. This year, there are two contests running that will offer chances for smokers to quit and win prizes.

In the Canadian Cancer Society’s Driven to Quit Challenge, participants stay smoke-free for the month of March, to be eligible to win a choice between three 2015 vehicles, a Nissan Sentra, or a Toyota Corolla or a Scion tC or one of seven $1,000 cash prizes. Residents of Ontario aged 19 and older who have used tobacco at least once weekly for at least 10 months in 2014, and who have used tobacco at least 100 times in their life can enter. This contest is open for registration until February 28, 2015. Driven to Quit offers an online quit centre and access to Canadian Cancer Society’s Smokers’ Helpline.” Details regarding this contest can be accessed at

The Leave the Pack Behind’s annual wouldurather contest is targeted specifically for young adults. Two grand prizes of $2,500 will be awarded to randomly-selected contestants who have successfully quit smoking. Other prizes such as cash, tuition waivers, and gift cards to community and campus retailers can be won by contestants who choose to reduce their smoking by half, refrain from smoking when drinking alcohol, or stay smoke-free. This contest is open to Ontario young adults between the ages of 18-29 and registered students at publically-funded Ontario universities and colleges. Wouldurather provides all contestants with motivational emails and support from a buddy. This contest is open for registration until January 25, 2015. Details regarding this contest can be found at

“This year, both campaigns are great opportunities to motivate smokers to quit and offer support in the process” says Karen Hooey, public health nurse. “Accessing quit smoking services and supports can help increase a smoker’s chance of becoming tobacco-free”.

For more information on local quit smoking supports and services including those available at Algoma Public Health call 705-942-4646 or 1-866-892-0172 or visit our website at