Participating in The Challenge
Participating in the Challenge
Who is eligible?
Residents of Ontario, aged 19 and older as of March 1, 2012, who use or used tobacco (cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, pipes, Snus and/or chewing tobacco) at least once weekly for a minimum of ten months out of the year 2011, and used tobacco at least 100 times in his or her life. The Driven to Quit Challenge is not open to the staff of the Canadian Cancer Society, Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Ontario Public Health and McNeil Consumer Healthcare.
Where can I get a registration form?
If you would like to register online, visit the registration form. To print a hard copy registration form, click here or call the Canadian Cancer Society Smokers’ Helpline at 1 877 513-5333, visit your local Canadian Cancer Society office or your local public health department office.
What if I need help registering?
If you need assistance to fill out your registration form, you can register by phone, toll-free, at 1 877 513-5333. For assistance in person, you may visit a Canadian Cancer Society Unit Office. View a list of locations.
What is the deadline for registering?
The online registration deadline is 11:59 p.m. on February 29, 2012 EST; mailed entries must be fully completed, signed and postmarked no later than 11:59 p.m. February 29, 2012 EST; telephone registration must be completed, however, by 9:00 p.m. on February 29, 2012 EST.
If I register, can I quit smoking before the start of the quit period?
You can quit smoking any time after you register as long as you quit by March 1, 2012. You are eligible to enter if you
were a tobacco user for at least 10 months in 2011 (as little as once per week) and used tobacco at least 100 times in your life.
Can I send in more than one registration form to boost my odds of winning?
Only one entry per person is permitted.
Do you send a confirmation to people who register?
You will not receive a confirmation e-mail to confirm registration. At the time of registering online, you will see a screen that confirms your entry was submitted. To confirm you are registered, please call us toll-free at 1 877 513-5333 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do I have to use Smokers' Helpline to participate?
Using Smokers' Helpline (1 877 513-5333) and Smokers' Helpline Online (www.smokershelpline.ca) are optional services that you may access free of charge to increase your chances of quitting successfully.
What do I do if my contact information changes?
If your contact information changes prior to prize winners being announced, please notify us by calling, toll-free, 1 877 513-5333 or e-mailing us at email@example.com. If your name is drawn as a winner in The Challenge, we must be able to reach you at one of the phone numbers you have provided.
DoesThe Challenge test entrants for drug use?
Those selected as winners in The Driven to Quit Challenge are tested only for tobacco use.
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What are the prizes I can win?
Grand Prize: Your choice of a 2012 Ford Fusion hybrid or Ford Edge!(1)
Secondary Prizes: $5,000 dream vacation getaway (2)
Regional Prizes: $2,000 cash prize (7)
If I win a prize, am I supposed to share it with my buddy?
You do not have to share your prize with your buddy. Buddies of the prize winners will receive a $200 cash prize.
If my name is drawn for a prize, am I eligible to win additional prizes?
Yes, if your name is drawn as a potential winner, your entry goes back into the draw for all further prize draws for which you are eligible. See full contest rules for further details.
Can I obtain a list of the winners?
Winners will be announced on April 23, 2012. Winners will be listed on The Driven to Quit Challenge website. If you opted to receive e-mail messages about The Driven to Quit Challenge, you will receive an e-mail notice announcing the winners.
What are my chances of winning something?
Odds of winning in The Driven to Quit Challenge depend entirely on total number of eligible entries received. In 2011, we received 36,091 eligible entries.
Why is a skill testing question required to award a prize?
Answering an unaided, time-limited skill testing question is a legal requirement to give away a prize in the province of Ontario.
If I am drawn as a winner, when and where will the urine test take place?
Those selected to take a urine test are expected to take the test within two to three days of initial contact. The urine test will be administered at a mutually convenient location in Ontario. Typically, it takes place at a lab close to the winner’s home.
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How can you ensure people keep their pledge to not smoke?
Those selected as potential winners will have their smoke-free status verified bio-chemically (urine sample) and confirmed by their support buddy. Once their smoke-free status is confirmed, the winners will be announced. Potential winners will also need to answer a skill testing question correctly and sign a written declaration attesting to their compliance with the conditions set out in the present rules in order to become winners.
What is the screening test you administer to check whether participants whose names are drawn have abstained from smoking during The Challenge period?
A urine test is administered to determine if the participant has remained smoke-free.
What happens if I have a relapse?
Quitting smoking is a difficult process and relapses do happen. If you relapse during the month of March 2012, you will not be eligible for the prizes should your name be drawn. You have, however, made an excellent first step to improve your health. Consider calling the Canadian Cancer Society Smokers' Helpline at 1 877 513-5333 and visit Smokers' Helpline Online for free, confidential, personalized support.
What happens if a person whose name is drawn fails the test?
If an individual fails the test, they will be ineligible for the prize and a new name will be chosen.
Would I fail the test because of inhaling second-hand smoke?
Second-hand smoke is revealed in urine at very low levels. Therefore, the test results will clearly reveal if an individual was exposed to second-hand smoke vs. having used tobacco, and will not affect confirmation of smoke-free status.
Will you contact me to track my progress?
You will be contacted under the following circumstances:
- You opted into Smokers’ Helpline support e-mail.
- You opted into Smokers’ Helpline follow up support by phone. You will receive a phone call within the months following Challenge completion.
- Your name was drawn as a potential winner
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Who can be a buddy?
Buddies must be 19 years of age or older as of March 1, 2012, be a resident of Ontario and be able to verify the smoke-free status of the participant. Your buddy may also be a participant in The Challenge.
How do I choose a support buddy?
Your buddy can be a friend, family member, co-worker neighbour or healthcare provider. For tips on how to select a support buddy, visit our “Being a support buddy” page.
Am I required to have a buddy for The Challenge?
Yes, having a buddy is a requirement of The Challenge. Buddies not only provide you with excellent support throughout your quit process, they also assist in confirming that you have remained smoke-free.
Can my buddy be a smoker?
Yes, your buddy can be a smoker. However, we recommend that you find a non-smoking buddy who will support you as you go smoke-free.
Can buddies support more than one participant?
Buddies are welcome to support more than one participant. As a result, a buddy can be eligible for multiple prizes.
Can I change my support buddy?
We understand there are reasons why you’d need to change your support buddy. You may change your support buddy prior to the end of The Challenge. Your new support buddy should be someone who can verify your tobacco-free status for the entire month of March 2012. If your name is drawn as a winner, it may be necessary for the Canadian Cancer Society to contact both of your support buddies in extraordinary circumstances. To change your support buddy, please call us, toll-free, at 1 877 513-5333 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will need to provide your new buddy’s:
- First name, last name, address, postal code, full birth date and telephone number
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Can I use therapeutic aids such as bupropion (Zyban), Varenicline Tartrate (Champix) nicotine gum, nicotine patches, nicotine inhaler or nicotine lozenges during The Challenge?
Yes, using a smoking cessation aid can greatly help some people quit. If you choose to use the patch, gum, inhaler or lozenge, it may show up in the bio-chemical test; however, there are guidelines used that indicate if someone has been smoking versus using a nicotine replacement therapy. Talking with your healthcare professional can help you find the best option for you.
Can I use e-cigarettes while participating in The Challenge?
E-cigarettes are not regulated as a nicotine replacement therapy and are not for legal for sale in Canada. As we do not know enough about the nicotine levels in e-cigarettes, using them may produce a positive result for cotinine in your urine test and you may be disqualified as a winner, even if you did not use tobacco. We do not recommend using e-cigarettes.
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What support do you offer to people registered for The Challenge?
All Driven to Quit Challenge registrants are offered the opportunity to receive the following support:
- Contact from Smokers' Helpline by e-mail during The Challenge period and/or by telephone after The Challenge period.
- E-mail messages about The Driven to Quit Challenge and Smokers' Helpline which include tips for quitting smoking successfully.
- Access to free smoking cessations resources in your community.
At any time during The Challenge, registrants can access:
- Smokers' Helpline at 1 877 513-5333, a free, confidential service that provides personalized support, advice and information about quitting. Smokers' Helpline can answer your questions about quitting, help you develop a personalized "Quit Plan" and refer you to services in your community.
- Smokers' Helpline Online, an interactive web-based service available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week, offers support to people wanting to quit or needing help to stay smoke-free.
- Smokers’ Helpline Text Messaging, for text support to your mobile device
- Driventoquit.ca support information: preparing to quit, help with quitting, help someone quit
Once The Challenge is over, are there any support activities for the people who were registered?
All Driven to Quit Challenge registrants are offered the opportunity to receive a phone call from Smokers' Helpline after The Driven to Quit Challenge is completed for cessation counselling.
All participants are welcome to access Smokers' Helpline at 1 877 513-5333 andSmokers' Helpline Online before, during and after The Challenge.
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