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Take the Driven to Quit Challenge

Hundreds of people in the Hamilton area have already pledged to quit smoking this March in The Driven to Quit Challenge. The Challenge is a health promotion campaign where Ontarians can sign up to quit tobacco use for their chance to win their choice of a Honda CR-Z or Honda Insight. There are also $25,000 in other prizes to be won.

The Challenge is here just in time to coincide with Hamilton Health Sciences' Breathe Easy campaign. 

"Breathe Easy is raising awareness of cessation supports that are in place to help HHS employees quit smoking," explains Monica Bennett, Sr. Coordinator with the Canadian Cancer Society Smokers Helpline. Monica is working with Hamilton Health Sciences on the Breathe Easy initiative that brought smoke-free grounds to all of HHS' sites this New Year. "At the Canadian Cancer Society, we want to do all we can to help people make that quit attempt."

The Driven to Quit Challenge is one way that tobacco users can get extra motivation to quit. People can also contact Smokers' Helpline at 1-877 513-5333 and to get free support, advice and information about quitting.

For more information about the campaign, visit

Be a buddy, change a life...and win big!

Do you know someone who uses tobacco? Are they thinking of quitting? Challenge a smoker to quit and you can end up with a $200 MasterCard gift card in The Driven to Quit Challenge.

Here are some ways you can support friends in their quest to quit:

  • Show that you care. Ask how you can be of support and follow their advice.
  • Be sensitive to their needs.
  • Express your confidence and periodically compliment their efforts.
  • Ask them how it's going and be a good listener.
  • Help them to keep busy. Don't nag, lecture or put down a smoker. Quitting isn't easy!

Lisa McGee of Carp, Ontario, and the grand prize winner in the 2011 Driven to Quit Challenge, chose her father, Dennis, to be her Quit Buddy. "[My dad] has been my support buddy all my life," says Lisa. "Every week, at least once, my dad visits. He listens, supports, encourages and NEVER EVER judges."

"Ken kept saying how proud he was of me," explains Julie Adams of Palmerston, Ontario, describing her Quit Buddy, her husband Ken. "He kept asking me how I was doing, and if today was better than yesterday." Ms. Adams won a $2,000 MasterCard gift card in the 2010 Challenge.

To be a Quit Buddy in The Driven to Quit Challenge, find a tobacco user who is thinking of quitting, and offer to support them. Encourage your friend to join The Driven to Quit Challenge at  and have them register you as their support buddy. Quit buddies of those drawn as winners each receive a $200 MasterCard gift card for their important support along the way. And, for quitting this March, your friend could win a Honda hybrid, a vacation getaway and more. Registration is open until February 28, 2013 at

Deadline to enter is February 28 for The Driven to Quit Challenge

February 28, 2011 is the last day to register for the Canadian Cancer Society Driven to Quit Challenge. If you are thinking of quitting, or have already quit this year, take The Challenge for your chance to win. Those who choose to stay smoke-free for the month of March may also be choosing between a new Honda CR-Z and a new Honda Insight - the grand prize! Ten other smoke-free Ontarians will be sharing $25,000 in additional prizes.

Whether you already have quit, or are planning to quit for March, The Challenge can help to keep up your motivation to stay smoke-free. If you support an entrant in The Challenge as a buddy, you too can win a MasterCard gift card.

Learn more at Act fast! Registration closes at midnight on Monday.

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