Minnesota tobacco users are being encouraged to make a healthier choice this holiday season – by making their homes smoke-free for the final week of the year.
It’s part of a “mini-quit” – a series of contests aimed at getting smokers ready to quit for good, and to prepare them for next year’s QuitCash Challenge, a month-long quit-smoking contest in May. The mini-quit asks smokers to keep their homes smoke-free from December 24 through December 31.
This is the third “mini-quit” since this summer. September’s challenge asked smokers to stop smoking in their vehicles for an entire week, and November’s asked them not to smoke while drinking during the weekend before Thanksgiving. Names were drawn from the pool of winners, with two lucky Minnesotans receiving gift cards for successfully completing the mini-quits. Research shows the more quit attempts tobacco users make, the more likely they are to succeed.
The winner of December’s mini-quit will be announced on January 6.
Sponsored by ClearWay Minnesota and QUITPLAN Services, The QuitCash Challenge has an even bigger prize. $5,000 will go to one Minnesota smoker who successfully quits for the entire month of May.
One additional mini-quit will follow in the months leading up to the full month-long Challenge in May. Minnesota tobacco users can learn more and register at www.quitcash.com. Free quitting help for Minnesotans is available from QUITPLAN Services (1-888-354-PLAN or www.quitplan.com).