FAQ & Rules

  • How does the contest work?

    Quit smoking for the first 7 days of February 2015, and you’re entered to win $2,500 cash. Simple as that.

    Winners will be drawn at random once the contest is over and will be contacted directly.

    What’s the catch?

    The catch is that you quit smoking. We’re not interested in selling you anything, and we’re not even interested in how you quit -- whether you go cold turkey, or if you use any of the resources on our website (for free).

    We just want you to quit, and the research tells us that the more times you try the more likely you are to succeed. We know most smokers (about 70%) want to quit, but we also know that finding the motivation to actually go for it isn’t easy. That’s what this contest is about: providing the spark to turn a plan into action.

    Who can enter?

    The contest is open to everyone who:

    • Is a current tobacco-user (cigarettes, cigars, chew, or snus), or someone who has quit tobacco within the last 30 days of the contest start date (February 1st).
    • Is a resident of BC
    • Is 19 years or older
    • Is not an employee, nor immediately related to nor living with, an employee of the BC Lung Association, Context Research Ltd., The Tobacco Control Divisions of  Northern Health Authority, Small Box Software, Burnkit Creative, the Minister, and Executive of the Ministry of Health, or staff of that Ministry employed in Tobacco Control and their siblings.
    • Note: while the contest is targeted at men, all genders are eligible to enter.

    Do I have to go cold turkey?

    No, you can quit however you want!

    QuitNowMen has lots of tools and tactics -- including professional Quit Coaches available via instant chat and a phone line.

    You are also welcome to use Nicotine Replacement Therapy (i.e. the patch or gum) or prescription medicine like Champix or Zyban.

    Really, whatever works for you.

    How do you choose the winner?

    The BC Lung Association will draw two winners at random once the contest is closed and will make contact via email as soon as possible. If you are selected and have stayed tobacco-free and meet the other eligibility criteria (above), you win.

    If a selected winner cannot be reached within 24 hours or doesn’t qualify, we will draw more winners until the prizes are given away.

    If you are chosen as the winner you may be required to provide proof of ID and registry, and may be asked to take a biometric test to determine whether you remained tobacco-free.

    All decisions of the BC Lung Association are final.

    Who is running this contest?

    The contest is run by the BC Lung Association QuitNow team in partnership with Northern Health.  

    Who created QuitNow Men?

    QuitNow Men is a partnership between The BC Lung Association and a collaborative research team from UBC.

    Who is funding the QuitNow Men Cold Turkey Contest?

    The BC Lung Association with grant funding from the Ministry of Health.

    Note: contest prizes are funded through corporate sponsorship.

  • Contest Rules (Terms and Conditions)

    1. Entry:

    No purchase necessary. To enter the Contest, you must register yourself online at www.quitnowmen.ca by completing the registration form. The online registration form requires that you provide your name, postal code, e-mail address, and pledge to be tobacco-free for the entire seven day period, starting 00.00am February 1st.


    The submission of the on-line entry form constitutes an "Entry". Only one Entry per person is permitted and each Entry is only eligible for a chance to win one of the two prizes. Entries received online shall be deemed to be submitted by the holder of the email account. Multiple entries by the same person or from the same email address or from the same person from a different email address shall result in disqualification. All Entries must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. PST January 31st 2015. All Entries become the property of the BC Lung Association.

    Entrants must be (i) current smokers who pledge to be tobacco-free for the 7 days beginning February 1st; (ii) are 19 years of age on February 1st 2015, (iii) a resident of BC, and (iv)  if applicable, have only used tobacco during the contest period for ceremonial use.


    2. Eligibility:

    Contest is open to residents of British Columbia. Only British Columbian residents are eligible for prizes and entrants must provide their postal code and phone number on their Entry as proof of residency;


    To be eligible to win a prize in the Contest, the entrant must be 19 years of age or older on February 1st and have remained tobacco-free from February 1st to February 7th  2015 (12am to 11:59pm);

    Limit one entry per person and email address;

    Entries will be rejected if registration form is not fully completed and submitted by the date and time listed above. Incomplete online entries will be void;

    Contest is void outside British Columbia; and

    Employees of the BC Lung Association, Context Research Ltd., Small Box Software, Burnkit Creative, the Minister, and Executive of the Ministry of Health, or staff of that Ministry employed in Tobacco Control and their siblings, parents and children and persons domiciled with an employee of the BC Lung Association and its respective advertising and promotional agencies are not eligible for prizes (“Excluded Entrants”).


    3. Prizes:

    Two $2,500 cash prizes will be awarded as follows: A random draw to select one potential winner of the Prize will be conducted by a BC Lung Association representative within 5 days of February 7th 2015. One prize is reserved for a winner within the Northern Health Authority geographical area, while the second is open to all residents of British Columbia who meet the above listed criteria. 

    If a selected entrant cannot be reached within 24 hours or if the selected entrant declines the Prize, or does not otherwise comply with these Contest rules, the Prize will be forfeited and another random draw will be conducted in the same manner to select a replacement entrant;

    Each selected entrant for the Prize will be required to correctly answer, unaided, a time-limited mathematical skill-testing question to be administered by telephone at a mutually convenient time, before being named the winner;

    Odds of winning a Prize depend on the total number of eligible Entries received; and

    Delivery date of the Prize will be within 30 days from the time the BC Lung Association conducts and announces the Contest winners.


    4. Winner Verification:

    Potential winners may be requested to provide proof of identification and eligibility. Selected entrants must not have registered more than once per month with the Contest. The winner may be required to take a biometric test to determine whether they abstained from tobacco.

    All decisions of the BC Lung Association are FINAL.

    5. Identification:

    If the identity of an online entrant is disputed, the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry will be deemed to be the entrant. The individual assigned to the email address for the domain associated with the submitted email address is considered the authorized account holder. A selected entrant may be required to provide proof that he/she is the authorized account holder of the email address associated with the selected entry. All online entries must be submitted from a valid email account that may be identified by reverse domain name search. The sole determinant of time for the purposes of receipt of a valid online entry in this Contest will be that recorded on the host server used by the BC Lung Association for the purposes of the Contest.


    6. Liability/Publicity:

    Potential winners of any prize will have their name publicized on the QuitNow website and social media platforms (Facebook & twitter), but winners will have the option of requesting that only their first name and last name initial be publicized for privacy reasons. Winners agree that their preferred name may be used without limitation by the BC Lung Association for publicity, promotional and/or advertising purposes (except where prohibited by law) in any medium throughout the world without additional compensation or right of approval.

    7. Prize Limits:

    Contest entrants may win only one Prize.

    8. Prize Substitutions/Limitations:

    Prizes must be accepted as awarded and no substitutions will be made.

    9. Decisions Final:

    The BC Lung Association’s rulings are final and without appeal in all matters related to this Contest and the awarding of the prizes.

    10. Limitations on Liability:

    All entries become the property of the BC Lung Association and will not be returned. The BC Lung Association and its authorized agents are not responsible for any computer, online, or technical malfunctions that may occur; for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by website users, equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest; or any technical error which may occur in the processing of entries; any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alteration of entries; any problems, failures or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers, providers, computer equipment, software, email, players or browsers on account of technical problems, traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website or due to any combination of the foregoing. The BC Lung Association and its authorized agents are not responsible for any injury or damage to an entrant's or prospective entrant's computer or to any computer related to or resulting from participating, attempting to participate or entering the Contest, for theft, destruction, unauthorized access to or alteration of entries, or problems downloading entries from any website.

    11. Modification/Responsibility:

    The BC Lung Association reserves the right to cancel, amend, modify or terminate this Contest or the rules at any time in its sole discretion and without notice. Any attempt to deliberately damage any website or to undermine the legitimate operation of this Contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such an attempt be made, the BC Lung Association reserves the right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent permitted by law, including criminal prosecution. The BC Lung Association is not responsible for any errors or omissions in printing or advertising this Contest.

    12. Participant's Rights:

    By entering this Contest, entrants agree to release and hold harmless the BC Lung Association and its respective employees, officers, directors, agents, representatives, successors, assigns and advertising and promotional agencies from any liability for any loss or damage of any kind to the entrant or any other person in connection with this Contest or participation in any Contest-related activities, including but not limited to related travel or, if declared a winner, the use or misuse of a prize or any portion of a prize including personal injury, death or property damage. This Contest will run in accordance with these Contest rules, subject to amendment by the BC Lung Association. Entrants must comply with these rules, and will be deemed to have received and understood the rules if they participate in the Contest. Also, entrants give their express permission to be contacted by the BC Lung Association and its authorized agents by telephone or email and agree to be bound by these rules.


    13. Winners' List:

    The names of all winners will be posted on-line (www.quitnow.ca and www.tobaccofreetuesday.com) and on QuitNow Services social media channels (e.g. www.facebook.com/quitnowbc; www.twitter.com/quitnowbc.)

    14. Privacy Rights:

    The BC Lung Association operates under the legal authority of the Society Act (RSBC 1996, C. 433) and is subject to the Personal Information Protection Act (SBC 2003, C.63).  The personal information collected on this form will not be sold to anyone and used only for the purposes of contacting potential contest winners, provide support and to promote the Tobacco-Free Tuesday contest. In addition, your information may be used for ongoing research and program evaluation. 

    For more information regarding the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information, view the QuitNow Privacy Statement, or contact:

    Privacy Officer
    British Columbia Lung Association
    PO Box 34009 Station D
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 4M2