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Quitter knocks habit

Brent Reaney
Northern News Services

Yellowknife (June 04/04) - This year's Quit to Win NWT winner Ken Hoddinott had tried quitting smoking three times before, but the fourth time was a little bit different.

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Ken Hoddinott puts the knock out punch on a smoking dummy. The winner of the Quit to Win smoking competition will be taking off for Mexico with his family sometime in the fall. - Brent Reaney/NNSL photo


This time around, the winner of the Quit to Win contest had a three-year-old baby girl in his life.

"It's not just for me, it's for my family," Hoddinott said, whose wife also quit smoking as part of the contest.

To be eligible to win the grand prize of a trip for two to Mexico, contestants had to be daily smokers for one year and remain smoke-free from Feb. 14 to March 11.

Each contestant had to sign up with a buddy who could verify they had remained smokeless throughout the contest.

After contest organizers verified he had in fact quit smoking, Hoddinott and his family are off to Mexico sometime in the fall.

This year, the contest had 486 entries from 27 communities across the NWT, said Susan Ashcroft, chair of the advisory committee for Quit to Win NWT.

The total number of people who quit smoking during the contest was not immediately available, but surveys will be sent to all contestants, said Rosella Stoesz, Quit to Win co-ordinator.

Hoddinott made use of the drug Zyban to help him quit. Within a month, he said he had no cravings.

The whole thing was cheap and easy, he said.

"For the price of smoking for six days, I quit smoking forever," Hoddinott said.

And Hoddinott won't miss standing outside having a smoke on those cold Northern winter days.

"You get to a point when it's like 'why am I doing this?'" he said.