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Osoyoos women urged to quit smoking and win some cash in new contest
Pledge to be smoke-free between June 2-8 and your name will be entered to win $1,000 cash in a new 7-Day Quit & Win contest sponsored by the BC Lung Association.
Osoyoos’ Lil Rusch, Volunteer Director for the BC Lung Association, says the contest is a great incentive for quit-ready women to give quitting a try – as well as incentive for the recent quitters to stay quit.
“We at the BC Lung Association are here to help anyone who wants to quit smoking and stay quit by providing them a little incentive and support,” said Rusch. “That’s why we decided to launch a new contest through our province-wide smoking-cessation program www.quitnow.ca.
“And because our new contest focuses on reaching B.C. women, we called upon female members of our online quitter community, to share their personal quit stories in the hope of inspiring others,” she added.
One story you will find is about Adriana, who was a heavy smoker for 17 years.
“I would go to bed hating the fact I was a smoker so I would throw all my smokes out,” she said. “Then by lunch the next day I’d go out and buy more. I quit too many times to count and only a handful of times did I make it past 24 hours. Now my life is all about healthy living. I’ve become a yoga enthusiast. And I spend more time with my family.”
Mallika smoked a pack a day until she quit last year.
“My children are the biggest reasons I quit. When your kids wish you didn’t smoke, it’s heartbreaking. I grew up feeling that way, my mom smoked too.”
Working in the health care industry was another reason she quit.
“It just hit me one day. How can I provide care and promote the well-being of others if I’m smoking like a chimney?”
Karen, her partner and daughter, 18, quit three months ago.
“I had tried everything: the patch, quit meds, cutting back, cold turkey. But the truth is I loved smoking, and quitting is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. But I don’t want to get sick. I want to make sure I’m here to see my daughter get married … so for now … I crochet everything and anything.”
Rusch said she hopes numerous women from Osoyoos and the surrounding region will try quitting and improving their health and quality of life.
“We could help increase your likelihood of making it through a week, and maybe even staying quit for good,” she said.
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