In need of a positive incentive to give up smoking? The Quit and Win competition may be just for you. Organised by the Ghana health service in Greater Accra, Ashanti and Northern regions, the contest is part of an international campaign supported by the World Health Organisation aimed at checking smoking worldwide. All you have to do is abstain from smoking from 2 to 29 May and then undergo tests to prove your abstinence. Successful participants are eligible to a range of national, regional and international prizes, including mobile telephones and money. The competition is open to smokers aged 18 or above with at least a years history of tobacco usage.
Launched in 1994, the Quit and Win contest now involves an estimated 100 countries worldwide. It is held ahead of the annual World No Tobacco Day on 31 May, established in 1988 to call attention to the impact of tobacco use on public health and reduce tobacco dependency. This is the third time Quit and Win has been held in Ghana.