Hope Healthy Communities Committee wants residents to kick that habit

Quit smoking campaign starts just in time for the New Year’s resolution season

Editor:

With 2018 around the corner and resolutions being considered, the Tobacco Reduction Task Team of the Hope and Area Healthier Communities Committee is proud to sponsor the inaugural “Hope Kicks Butts!” quit smoking challenge.

Register to quit and if successful, you could win up to $250.

The challenge is aimed at smokers wanting to quit.

Entrants are asked to quit smoking on Wednesday, Jan. 24 (also known as Weedless Wednesday) and stay quit until the contest ends on Wednesday, Feb. 14.

What better thing could you do for your heart and for those who care most about you?

Anyone who is a daily smoker as of Dec. 31, 2017, and age 19 as of Jan. 24, 2018, who lives within the boundaries of the District of Hope or Electoral Area A or B is eligible to enter.

If you quit anytime between Jan. 1 and 24, you can still enter; you just have to remain quit for the duration of the contest.

To help everyone succeed, optional supports are available.

Entrants are encouraged to sign up with a support buddy, who could also win a prize.

Entrants are also asked to register with both the BC Smoking Cessation program to access free nicotine replacement products for three months and QuitNow, the provincial quit smoking support program.

There will also be optional weekly group meetings at the Hope Health Unit on Wednesdays and a closed Facebook group available to join where ideas can be shared and challenges overcome.

Studies have shown these additional supports increase the likelihood of success.

Watch for details on contest entry to be released next week.

The Tobacco Reduction Task Team

Hope and Area Healthier

Communities Committee