Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Tobacco Timeout Challenge?

We are challenging BC First Nations, and Aboriginal people who smoke or chew commercial tobacco to quit for just 24 hours. That is it. Quit commercial tobacco for 24 hours, enter to win a prize.

What's the catch?

The First Nations Health Authority wants to be your partner in health and wellness. Quitting smoking or chewing tobacco is among the biggest actions any of us can take to improve our physical health, we want to help as many people to quit as we can.

We recognize that the reasons many of us smoke are complex – there may be other factors stopping us from quitting as well such as stress, trauma or pain. Breaking the cycle of addiction is difficult, and rarely happens at once, but it can happen. Quitting commercial tobacco will not end all of our problems, but it will make things easier – as our physical health improves so too does our mental and spiritual health.

The research tells us that the more times you try to quit commercial tobacco, the more likely you are to succeed. We know that many people who use commercial tobacco want to quit, but we also know that many people struggle to find the motivation to actually go for it. That is what the Tobacco Timeout Challenge is -- that extra nudge needed to turn a plan into action.

What are the prizes?

The prize is $250 each month.

When will the winners be announced?

The winner will be contacted the day after the contest date.

Providing that the selected winner(s) have remained free of commercial tobacco for the full 24 hours of the contest, their names will be announced later that day. However, another day or two may be required if the first randomly selected winners do not qualify for any reason. If this occurs, additional winner(s) need to be contacted and confirmed.

Who is eligible to enter?

You can enter the Tobacco Timeout Challenge, if you are:

  • A person who currently smokes or uses commercial tobacco, or someone who quit in the last three months
  • A BC resident
  • Over 19 years of age
  • Identify as First Nations, or Aboriginal

Past winners are not eligible to enter again.

Note: Contestants are permitted to use nicotine replacement therapies (e.g. patch, gum, inhaler or lozenges) during the contest period.

Does this contest include traditional tobacco use?

No, this contest encourages taking a timeout from commercial tobacco only. We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge that the tobacco plant has a sacred role for many First Nations people, going back thousands of years, in spiritual ritual, prayer, and ceremony.

This traditional use of tobacco should not be confused with commercial tobacco. Commercial tobacco is addictive and contains many deadly toxins which harms rather than elevates the spirit.

Are people who chew tobacco eligible?

Yes, this contest is open to all commercial tobacco users who want to quit. To be eligible win you must quit all forms of commercial tobacco for 24 hours.

Do I have to use QuitNow to participate?

No, you do not.  However, all QuitNow services – including talking to a Quit Coach via the phone or live chat and our website— are all completely free and have been proven to increase your chances of quitting successfully.

How will a winner be selected?

The winner(s) will be chosen at random by the BC Lung Association. To be eligible to win, you must abstain from using commercial tobacco products for the entire 24 hour contest date.

Who hosts the contest?

The contest is run in partnership by the First Nations Health Authority and the BC Lung Association, who also run QuitNow.

Who are the past winners?

First of all, absolutely everybody who takes part in the contest and pledges to make a difference in their life by quitting commercial tobacco (even if just for a day) is a winner. Congratulations to you all! 

The prize winners from past contests are:

May 2020: Merle Morven
February 2020:  Katrina Timmermans
December 2019: Aleksandra Van Horlick
October 2019: Krista Perkins
August 2019: Eva Naziel
July 2019: Jocelyne Stevens
June 2019: Matthew Provost
May 2019: Cherie Mercer
April 2019: Denise Pache
March 2019: Tatianna Gerling
February 2019: Trina Bird
January 2019: Zeke Burgart
December 2018: Rolene Sam
November 2018: Larissa Warrington
October 2018: Nathan Warner
September 2018: Alana Aspinall
August 2018: Allie Kidd
July 2018: Rita Switzer
June 2018: Jennifer Peters
May 2018: Levi Sladen
April 2018: Crystal Crate
March 2018: Selina August
February 2018: Lloyd Charlie
January 2018: Crystal Kelly
December 2017: Martin Wuensche
November 2017: Lorna Douglas
October 2017: Tiffany Bell
September 2017: Jennifer Thomas 
August 2017: Katherine Mark
July 2017: Michelle Landry
June 2017: Faron DuBois
February 2017: Kris Salikin and Cory Stephens 
January 2017: Erika Trube  and Tasha William
December 2016: Trudy Lowey and Cindy West
November 2016: Patrick Myers Larissa Blank
October 2016: Moira Adams and Taron Scott
September 2016: John Wilson and Jesse-Ann Gabriel
August 2016:
July 2016: Jennifer Rostad and Jim Mortenson
June 2016: Ester Adams  and Cecilia Prince
April 2016: June Jummie
March 2016: Roger Martin
February 2016: John Fair and Suzie Haldane
January 2016: Korilee Alphonse and Cara Cutler
December 2015: Lillian Antelope and Loralee Nikal
November 2015: Hillary Tuesday and Stephanie Sam
October 2015: Swo-wo Gabriel and June Wickham
September 2015: Shaya Hilbach and Jessica Frank

Significance of Logo Design

Artist Mulidzas-Curtis Wilson shared his intention behind the Tobacco Time Out logo design:

"Sun to moon in being something that represents the passage of time.  From this idea I have created a half sun and half-moon design. The sun and moon on their own hold great strength and together create a strength that I hope will help those individuals trying to quit smoking."