Smok­ing

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Di­rec­tion de santé publique de l’Estrie is invit­ing smok­ers to try to quit smok­ing with a con­test : Quit to win! By reg­is­ter­ing, par­tic­i­pants agree to quit smok­ing for at least six weeks, from March 1st to April 11th, 2013. Reg­is­tra­tion forms can be found at de­fitabac.ca un­til March 1st.

In the Estrie re­gion, al­most 29% of the pop­u­la­tion smokes com­pared to 21% in the rest of the province. In 2012, 872 ci­ti­zens in this re­gion took part in the Quit to win! con­test. Be­cause quit­ting smok­ing can be so dif­fi­cult, peo­ple should not hes­i­tate to use all the re­sources avail­able to help them.

Dr. Rox­ane Neron, the spokesper­son of the con­test, said: “Quit­ting smok­ing is the most ben­e­fi­cial thing some­one can do to im­prove their health. The con­test pro­poses a num­ber of free tools to help the smoker quit. On av­er­age, twelve months af­ter con­tes­tants have quit, 20% still do not smoke. When peo­ple try to quit with­out any help, the success rate is only 3 to 5 %.

Par­tic­i­pants will ben­e­fit not only from free sup­port but also from the fol­low­ing free tools: a par­tic­i­pant’s file at de­fitabac.ca; a se­ries of en­cour­ag­ing emails; and a Jean Coutu help kit full of in­for­ma­tion and sur­prises, of­fered for free but in lim­ited quan­ti­ties at PJC phar­ma­cies un­til April 11th.

By tak­ing part in this con­test, peo­ple get the chance to win prizes such as a trip to Punta Cana, gra­ciously pro­vided by Va­cances Transat and Iberostar.

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