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Greene County Daily World: Local News: You can win big money for quitting (09/13/11)

You can win big money for quitting

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

By Sabrina Westfall, Staff Writer

Research shows that 80 percent of adults have the desire to quit smoking, and Quit Now Indiana is offering an incentive to do so.

Indiana health officials have joined forces with MDWise Hoosier Alliance and ADVANTAGE Health Solutions to offer up to US$2,500 in rewards for those who stay tobacco free, whether smoking or chewing tobacco.

“Quitting smoking is one of the best ways to improve your health,” Indiana State Health Commissioner Gregory Larkin, M.D. said in a prepared statement. “We know there are a large number of Hoosiers who are ready to quit smoking and the Quit Now Indiana Contest is the perfect opportunity for many of them to make a serious quit attempt.”

The 2010 contest had more than 3,500 entrants, representing every county in Indiana.

Contestants must remain tobacco free for the duration of the month of October, which is 31 days.

Once the contest is completed, names of those entered in the contest will be drawn and given a saliva test to ensure they remained tobacco free.

“The 2010 Quit Now Indiana Contest was a great success. Indiana is committed to helping anyone who is ready to quit. Tobacco use is an addiction, not a habit. People are generally more successful if they seek help in quitting. The contest is a great way to prepare, set a quit date and break free from tobacco use,” Karla Sneegas, Assistant Commissioner of Tobacco Prevention and Cessation at the State Health Department said.

In 2010, Steve Williams, of Indianapolis, took home the $2,500 grand prize. Second place went to Craig Watson, of Elkhart, with $1,500 and $1,000 went to Nikki Wall, of Fort Wayne, for third place.

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