Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

College and University Students Quit Smoking and Leave the Pack Behind

Are you a student? Your New Year’s resolution to kick smoking just got some back-up. The 11th annual “ Wouldurather…” contest is reaching out to college and university campuses across Ontario.

“The wouldurather… contest is an excellent opportunity for college and university students to take their first step towards quitting” said Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.

“I encourage all students who smoke to register, but more importantly I encourage anyone who knows a smoker to offer their support as a buddy. This contest helps to support Ontario’s commitment to protect Ontarians from tobacco, help more people quit smoking, and ensure young people don’t get addicted.”

The contest aims to help students kick the habit completely, or just cut down. There are different sub-contests for students who want to:

  • Quit completely
  • Reduce the number of cigarettes they smoke by 50%
  • Refrain from smoking when they drink alcohol
  • Not start smoking for six weeks

There is a grand prize of $1000 for a student who “Quits for Good.” There are also other prizes such as cash and tuition waivers.

Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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