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First-Time Father-to-Be Quits Smoking, Wins $5,000 in The QuitCash Challenge(TM)
Date:11/19/2009

h Challenge online at quitcash.com or via text message. Participants were encouraged to visit the QUITPLAN Services Facebook page for extra support and to learn useful tips to stay quit during The Challenge.

"With the sharp rise in the cost of cigarettes this past year, financially there really has never been a better time to quit," said Willoughby. "While a $5,000 prize is big motivator, the average pack-a-day smoker can save approximately $1,800 every year by quitting. In other words, you don't need a contest to create your own 'moneyvation.'"

The Great American Smokeout is recognized by the American Cancer Society as a platform to educate the public on the dangers associated with tobacco use and to encourage smokers to quit for a lifetime by starting with just one day. It's an appropriate day to educate Minnesotans how they can use QUITPLAN Services free options to quit tobacco use.

In addition to being unhealthy for the smoker, tobacco use takes its toll on all Minnesotans. Each year, 5,500 Minnesotans die from tobacco-related diseases, and the cost of smoking is estimated to be $2 billion in direct health care costs. Minnesotans can find out about the free help to quit smoking available through QUITPLAN Services by visiting quitplan.com or calling 1-888-354-PLAN (7526).

QUITPLAN® Services for Minnesotans include:

  • The QUITPLAN® Helpline - The QUITPLAN Helpline offers telephone counseling and free nicotine patches, lozenges or gum to eligible callers. 1-888-354-PLAN (7526)
  • quitplan.com - The Web site offers free lifetime membership, helpful quitting tools and activities and the chance to connect online with thousands of others who have chosen to quit tobacco.
  • QUITPLAN® Centers - QUITPLAN Centers provide in-person counseling in a health care setting, as well as access to nicotine patches, lozenges or gum.
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