This fall, the local tobacco control coalition for Porter is promoting a
statewide stop smoking contest known as “Quit Now Indiana.”
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.
She said a quit coach at the Indiana Tobacco Quitline, 1-800-QUIT-NOW, can
be reached 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 Oct. 1 through Oct. 31.
Eligible Hoosiers can register online at QuitNowIndiana.com and
INShapeIndiana.org or at various Quit Now Indiana sign-up locations at
The registration period is now until Sept. 30 (all entries must be received
by midnight on that day).
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,
“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
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
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
Employers interested in participating in the Preferred Employer Network can
request contest materials at QuitNowIndiana.com
for additional information, call (317) 234-1787.
To learn more about the resources available to you to quit smoking today,
please visit the Quit Now Indiana website at