Local Coalition Encourages Hoosiers to Stop Using Tobacco

By: Tobacco Education & Prevention Coalition for Porter County Last Updated: September 18, 2012

nosmokinglogobyhegartydavidThis Fall, the local tobacco control coalition for Porter is promoting a statewide stop smoking contest known as “Quit Now Indiana” - www.QuitNowIndiana.com. This year’s theme seeks to encourage tobacco users to use the summer months to “train” for their next quit attempt.

Quitting tobacco takes planning. Setting up a training plan to drink plenty of water, exercise, and eat healthy, are all tips to have a successful attempt to quit smoking,” says Susan Gleason from Tobacco Education & Prevention Coalition for Porter County. ”Also consult a quit coach at the Indiana Tobacco Quitline, 1-800-QUIT-NOW for training tips that meet your needs.”

The statewide contest is designed to encourage Hoosiers using tobacco products to make an attempt to quit now by offering them a chance to win cash prizes up to $2,500 for remaining tobacco-free for 31 days. The promotional contest is part of a larger statewide campaign known as Quit Now Indiana, linking tobacco users to cessation resources. To be eligible to win, contestants must be 18 years or older, a legal resident of Indiana, a current tobacco user and stay tobacco free from October 1 through October 31, 2012. The registration period is now until September 30, 2012 (all entries must be received by midnight on September 30, 2012). Contest winners will be drawn at random and will be tested to make sure they are tobacco-free to be eligible to claim a prize(s).

The 2012 contest is supported by St. Vincent Health and MDWise Hoosier Alliance. Last year’s contest received over 4,500 entries representing every county in Indiana.

The contest comes at an important time, as there are fewer places to smoke with the new statewide smoke free air law in Indiana. Hoosier tobacco users can get free help in quitting from the Indiana Tobacco Quitline, 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

There has never been a better time to quit”, said Susan Gleason. “Our local coalition is ready to help every Hoosier in our county who wants to quit, be successful.

Local coalitions have been educating employers about the new state smoke free air law. The contest provides employers with a fun way to help their employees quit. The Quit Now Preferred Employer Network currently consists of more than 800 employers in Indiana committed to helping their employees quit tobacco use. Last year with the participation of the Preferred Network employers, the campaign reached more than 150 worksites with this great incentive to quit tobacco. Employers interested in participating in the Preferred Employer Network can request contest materials at QuitNowIndiana.com or for additional information, call (317) 234-1787.

Eligible Hoosiers can register online at QuitNowIndiana.com and INShapeIndiana.org register at participating employers or at various Quit Now Indiana sign-up locations at community events, including county festivals and major events such as the 1-800-QUIT-NOW Concert Series at the Lawn at White River State Park in Indianapolis. To learn more about the resources available to you to quit smoking today, please visit the Quit Now Indiana website at www.QuitNowIndiana.com.