Lots of cash is aimed at getting Ontario and Quinte area young people to butt out.
This year more than $10,000 in cash prizes is available to be won by young adults across Ontario who join the six week contest to stop smoking.
The Hastings Prince Edward health unit health promoter David Patterson says it’s aimed at young people for a reason.
#1 QUIT SMOKE
There are four categories, including those who wish to just reduce smoking.
#2 QUIT SMOKE
Last year, more than 7,000 young adults across Ontario entered the “wouldurather…” contest.
The health unit quotes a local 2016 contest winner Teigan Sparks of Stirling:
“I tried in the past to quit smoking but it never seemed to work for me. Being involved in this contest motivated me to get started because I knew other people were doing the same thing. Once I was motivated to cut back on my smoking, at least when going out, I liked how I was feeling and decided to quit smoking entirely. Since then I’ve been smoke-free and I plan on staying that way.”
The health unit reports that research suggests that up to 20% of individuals who enter the contest will quit smoking, compared to the 5-7% success rate that can be expected when individuals try to quit on their own.
The “wouldurather…” contest is available to all young adults ages 18-29 who are residents of Ontario.
Registration is open at wouldurather.ca until January 28 at 11:59 p.m.