Area woman butts out—and wins

Anne Langlais of Eagle River has a brand new Sony 32” wide-screen HDTV for her home after winning one of the seven regional prizes in Smoke-Free Ontario’s “Driven to Quit Challenge.”
Langlais was among more than 26,000 adult daily smokers across Ontario who entered the contest and quit for the month of March.
“I just made up my mind I was going to do it this time, and I’m so glad I did,” she said. “I feel great, I love walking without being winded, and the TV is a just a bonus.”
The annual contest has proven to be a great incentive for smokers who are thinking about quitting.
“This year we had 694 smokers enter the contest from the northwest region,” noted Barb Roussin, Tobacco-Free Living Health Promoter with the Northwestern Health Unit.
“Many smokers will tell you they would like to quit,” she added. “The contest gives them a reason to set a quit date and helps them build a support system to succeed.”
The 2007 contest was launched in January and encouraged smokers to begin planning for a March 1 quit date. Each smoker had to sign up a non-smoking buddy to support them through the tough times in the quitting process.
The winners were chosen by random draw and their smoke-free status verified by a urine test.
Langlais and her non-smoking buddy, Linda Barker, were in Barrie, Ont. on Monday to accept their prizes along with other winners from across the province.
Non-smoking buddies received a cash prize of $250.
The “Driven to Quit Challenge” is managed and promoted by the Canadian Cancer Society in collaboration with local public health units while Johnson & Johnson provided the funding for all the prizes.
“Our congratulations to all the participants in this year’s contest for stepping up to the challenge, and to Anne Langlais, the Northwest region winner, who had the determination to quit,” said Patricia Ramirez, the Northwestern director for the CCS.
“We wish her the best in remaining smoke-free.”
Smokers are reminded that anytime is a good time to quit—and the Smokers’ Helpline can help.
It is a free, confidential service that provides you with easy access to a quit specialist who can help you develop a “quit plan” or answer your questions about quitting.
Call today 1-885-513-5333.