Driven to Quit Challenge Helps Halton Residents Quit Smoking and Improve Their Health

With the New Year in full swing, Halton Region’s Health Department is partnering with the Canadian Cancer Society to help smokers keep a resolution and quit smoking with the seventh annual Driven to Quit Challenge.

Running throughout the remainder of February, the Driven to Quit Challenge is a health promotion campaign that encourages Ontario adult tobacco users to give up tobacco.Ontario adults who can quit smoking by March 1 and remain smoke free for the month of March are entered for the chance to win a new Ford Fusion hybrid or Ford Edge, or more than $25,000 in other prizes.

Whether you are renewing a New Year’s resolution, or are thinking of making a quit attempt, the Driven to Quit Challenge is a great opportunity that provides some extra incentive to give up tobacco.

Last year, more than 36,000 Ontarians took The Challenge province-wide, including Halton’s very own Jacqueline Kobow of Acton who was recognized as an official winner. Not only did Jacqueline successfully become tobacco-free, but she also went home with a $5,000 vacation getaway.

Since the first contest, the campaign has helped more than 6,000 entrants across Halton to quit smoking. I congratulate all 1,293 Halton residents who participated in the challenge last year and encourage members of our community who want to quit smoking to participate this year.

The deadline to register for the Driven to Quit Challenge is Wednesday, February 29, 2012. To register and for details about the Driven to Quit Challenge, go to www.DrivenToQuit.ca or contact Halton Region by dialing 311 or visit www.halton.ca/health.

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