Did you know that in Quebec 18.4% of the population still smokes.* This represents close to 1.3 million smokers, 60% of whom want to quit.
Since the Quit to Win! Challenge began in 2000, there have been over 435,000 registrations. Survey results show that on average, two out of three Quit to Win! Challenge participants successfully meet the challenge of not smoking for six weeks.
What is the Quit to Win! Challenge?
It is a province-wide campaign that takes place each year to help smokers who are ready to quit smoking to take action.
The commitment: to not smoke for 6 weeks, from February 5 to March 18, 2018.
Participants can do the Challenge alone, with the help of a non-smoking sponsor or by teaming up with another smoker who also wants to quit.
Through this Quit to Win! Challenge, you can qualify to win one of these prizes.
Support for success
Discover the following free support tools available in the Challenge:
- The quitchallenge.ca website and your Profile
- The Jean Coutu Quit Kit
- The encouragement emails
- The SOS Challenge app
- The Facebook community
For more information and support:
Even if you’ve been smoking for a very long time, quitting provides immediate health benefits.
20 minutes after quitting
- Your blood pressure slowly returns to normal and your heart rate is already doing better.
- Your circulation improves: your hands and feet are already less cold.
8 hours after quitting
- All the carbon monoxide from your last cigarette has left your bloodstream.
- The concentration of oxygen in your blood slowly returns to normal.
24 hours after quitting
- The risk of having a heart attack is already lower than when you were smoking.
- Nicotine is slowly beginning to be evacuated from your body.
48 hours after quitting
- Your nerve endings are slowly beginning to regenerate themselves.
- Your sense of smell and taste come back to life. Eating is more enjoyable—everything tastes so much better!
2 weeks to 3 months after quitting
- Exercising is easier because your lungs are working better. Your respiratory capacity can increase by 30% if you stopped smoking before irreversible damage was caused to your respiratory system.
- If you’re pregnant and you stopped smoking three months before conception, your risk of giving birth to a low birth weight baby is comparable to that of a non-smoker.
9 months to 1 year after quitting
- The cilia in your lungs have regenerated. These facilitate the evacuation of foreign substances and help protect your lungs from disease. So long, persistent coughs, chronic colds, and shortness of breath!
- After one year, you can declare victory: you’re a non-smoker! But be careful, you’ll have to stay on guard and learn to recognize the situations that might incite you to start again one day.
1 year after quitting
- Among female ex-smokers, the risk of suffering from cervical cancer is the same as it is for non‑smokers.
- The risk of heart disease drops by half after one year and becomes comparable to the risk for a non‑smoker after 10 to 15 years.
- The risk of developing cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, kidney or pancreas continues to drop.
- After 10 years without tobacco, you run twice as little risk of dying from lung cancer. Your lungs will become healthy again over time, unless you suffer from emphysema.
Source: Quit to Win! Challenge?
* Statistics Canada (2015–16). Canadian Community Health Survey. CANSIM table 105-0509.