To take up the Quit to Win! Challenge, you must be a regular smoker as of December 20, 2016, live in Québec and be ready to commit to not smoking between February 6 and March 19, 2017, inclusively. You must also register online or by phone before February 6, 2017.
2. What is the deadline for registering?
You have until February 6, 2017 to register for the Challenge. Online registration will be blocked as of midnight (00:00 EST) on February 7, 2017.
3. Is the Challenge open to smokers of all ages?
The Quit to Win! Challenge is open to everyone, whatever their age. In the case of registration with a sponsor, the sponsor must necessarily be 18 or over only if the participant is younger than 18. If the participant is over 18, the sponsor's age doesn't matter. For registration with a teammate, age is of no importance.
4. Once I register, can I quit smoking before the start of the Challenge?
You can stop smoking as of December 20, 2016. However, to be eligible for our draws, you must abstain from smoking for the Challenge period, from February 6 to March 19, 2017 inclusively.
5. Can I use medications to quit smoking during the Challenge?
Of course! Using medications to quit smoking (nicotine patches, gums, lozenges, inhalers and mouth sprays, varenicline or bupropion pills) is allowed during the Challenge. In fact, they can greatly improve your chances of success.
6. May I use e-cigarettes as cessation aids to quit smoking?
Because electronic cigarettes aren’t tobacco products, participants are allowed to use e-cigarettes (with or without nicotine) as cessation aids to help them quit smoking within the framework of the Challenge. However, given more research needs to be done and that there is a wide variety of e-cigarettes available, it is strongly recommended that you talk with your doctor or pharmacist before starting using them.
7. Starting on what date are the Quit Kits available at Jean Coutu pharmacies?
Quit Kits are available beginning January 9, 2017 at all PJC Jean Coutu stores. Make sure you have your printed registration confirmation with you when you go. Quantities are limited.
8. How can you ensure people keep their pledge to not smoke?
The Quit to Win! Challenge is based on the good faith of participants, sponsors and teammates. However, when awarding the prizes we make sure the winners have kept their promise. They must sign a declaration attesting they have not smoked during the Challenge period, and, as the case may require, we reserve the right to have them undergo a screening test.
9. What happens if I have a relapse?
You will no longer be eligible for the prize draw, because to win a prize you must not have smoked at all during the Challenge period. But that is no reason to give up trying!
10. What happens if a person whose name is drawn fails the test?
Unfortunately, that person will not receive a prize. Another name will be drawn and someone else meeting the eligibility rules will be declared the prize winner.
11. If I live in a place where there is lots of smoke, will I fail the test because of the second-hand smoke?
Second-hand smoke is more diluted than the smoke inhaled by smokers, and leaves no significant amounts in the body. In contentious cases, other measures will be applied to determine the smoking status of the participant.