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[ISDH]Contest Winners Receive Cash for Quitting Smoking
Start Date: 12/18/2012Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 12/18/2012End Time: 11:59 PM
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INDIANAPOLIS—Three former smokers have a little extra spending money this holiday season after being randomly selected as winners of the 2012 Quit Now Indiana Contest. Mary Stackhouse of Kokomo received $2,500, Sean Terrell of Jasonville received $1,500 and Carla Reel of Lafayette was awarded $1,000 for staying tobacco-free for 31 days during the month of October. All three winners participated in the Quit Now Indiana Contest designed to encourage Hoosiers using tobacco products to make an attempt to quit.


“Ending tobacco addiction is difficult,” said State Health Commissioner Gregory Larkin, M.D. “While the winners received a cash incentive, every contestant who made a quit attempt needs to be applauded for their efforts.”


The quit contest is an annual promotion from the Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission (TPC) at the Indiana State Department of Health and INShape Indiana as part of the tobacco prevention program for the state. The prizes were donated by St.Vincent Health and MDwise Hoosier Alliance.


According to the 2010 U.S. Surgeon General’s Report, there is biological evidence that suggests each cigarette is doing immediate damage and the sooner the smoker quits the better. About 10,000 Hoosiers die each year from tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke. For every smoking-related death, another 20 Hoosiers live with a smoking-related disease. Those who stop smoking dramatically reduce their risk for heart attacks, asthma attacks, cancers and other diseases.


“Quitting smoking is one of the best things these winners can do for their health. We are proud to be a part of their success. They are going to enjoy the lifestyle benefits of feeling healthier and living longer and happier lives,” said Ty Sullivan, M.D., Network Medical Director, MDwise Hoosier Alliance.


The success of this year’s Quit Now Indiana Contest demonstrates that many smokers want to quit, but they may not know where to get the help needed. More than 4,600 eligible Hoosiers registered and over 120 employers made the commitment to help their employees quit tobacco use.


“The Quit Now Indiana Contest directly aligns with our Tobacco Cessation Program that aims to modify behavior and manage the dependence of tobacco,” said Molly Alberts, RN, clinical supervisor of the St.Vincent COAG Clinic. “The Quit Now program supports our efforts and the overall goal of Indiana to be a smoke-free state further encouraging healthy lifestyle choices in our communities.”


There are more than one million smokers in Indiana and research indicates 80 percent of Hoosier adult smokers have a desire to quit. Hoosiers can access free resources, including a personal Quit Coach to help a person quit successfully, by calling the Indiana Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).


Employers are invited to join the Quit Now Indiana Preferred Employer Network, a free program offered through TPC to help Indiana employers help their workforce become tobacco-free. For more information concerning the Preferred Employer program, contact TPC at (317) 234-1787.


For information about Quit Now Indiana, visit



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Name: Amanda Turney
Phone: 317.233.7254
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