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Quitters can win big thanks to stop smoking contest

Quitting smoking or chewing tobacco has never been so lucrative.

For the third year in a row, the American Lung Association and Center for Hispanic Heath Promotion are combing efforts in order to help Lower Valley smokers and chewing tobacco users quit by organizing a local contest.

Anyone interested in trying to give up tobacco use can look to the contest not only as an opportunity to earn a little extra cash, but as a support system to get them headed in the right direction.

Participants will need to complete short surveys and perform expired carbon monoxide tests before, during and at the end of the competition.

Contest participants will also be given additional support and information throughout the month long contest through two home health parties.

Those participants who manage to avoid tobacco for the month long period will be entered into a raffle. Grand prize is $500, second place will collect $300, and third place will receive $100.

The drawing for prizes will be held at the close of the contest on June 18.

The deadline to sign up is May 17, also the start of the competition.

Information on the contest and how to sign up can be obtained by calling Ilda Islas at 837-5681.

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