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September 19, 2002
Contest encourages smokers to quit
Smokers in Toronto who want to quit smoking now have a great incentive - the
chance to win a new car in the Quit Smoking 2002 Contest.

The province-wide contest is designed to help smokers stop smoking by October
15 and stay smoke free for at least one month.

"It's not easy to quit smoking," says Carol Timmings, Toronto Public Health
Director of Family Health and Healthy Lifestyles. "Toronto Public Health offers
a variety of cessation programs and this contest provides incentives to help
smokers quit."

Participants have about four weeks to work through the stages that lead to
successful quitting. People who want to quit are encouraged to think about
why they smoke, why they want to quit and how they will cope with the urges and
pressures to smoke after they have quit. Contest participants are required to
enlist the help of a non-smoking buddy who will support them along the way.
Buddies of confirmed winners can also win a cash prize.

The Quit Smoking 2002 Contest is open to all Ontario residents who are daily
smokers and are 19 years of age or older. Entries must be received by midnight
October 15, 2002. Smokers must quit by October 15 and remain smoke-free until
November 15 to qualify for the draw to win a Honda Civic DX-G or one of seven
Samsung Digital Cameras.

"Everyone who enters the contest and quits comes out a winner, whether or not
their name is selected in the draw," said Timmings.

For more information about the contest or for an entry form, call Toronto
Health Connection at 416-338-7600. People can also enter by going on-line to

The Quit Smoking 2002 Contest is funded in part by the Government of Ontario,
Health Canada, and public health units throughout Ontario.

Media Contact
Kim Auld,
Toronto Public Health,



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