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Quit smoking

1 pack of cigarettes per week adds up to almost $400 a year that "goes up in smoke". That's the equivalent of:

  • 40 outings to the movies
  • 20 CDs
  • 8 show tickets
  • 5 pairs of ultra-trendy jeans
  • 2 pairs of inline skates
  • a fully equipped bike
  • etc.

Aren't you fed up wasting your money? And what about your health?

If you'd like to try quitting for 6 weeks, why not visit and register for the "Quit to Win" Challenge, and reap the benefits! The Challenge is a great way to help you quit smoking. Thousands of young smokers have participated in the first 3 annual Challenges and taken up the challenge of kicking the habit!

Cravings during nicotine withdrawal can be difficult to overcome. So you need to keep thinking about the advantages of being a non-smoker and the drawbacks of smoking. Take heart: on average, these crises only last 2 or 3 minutes and occur less frequently after the first week.

Here are some helpful tips to make sure you stick it out:

  • Drink a lot of water to suppress the desire to smoke and to clear out your respiratory tract.
  • Snack on fruits and vegetables to avoid gaining weight.
  • Chew gum so that you have something in your mouth.
  • Keep your hands busy by holding an object like a ball, straw, elastic or pencil to distract yourself from wanting a cigarette.
  • Learn to relax, purse and unpurse your lips and flex your hands to pass the time and focus on something else.
  • Brush your teeth after each meal to change your habits and taste!

You've set a date to quit smoking so now it's time to get started. Take it 1 day at a time and keep thinking about the reasons that pushed you to quit smoking.


  • The partnering concept

    Choosing someone to support you throughout the Challenge increases your chances of success!

  • The website

    Check out the Loft section which is dedicated exclusively to young people under the age of 25. You'll find information about the Challenge, about smoking and about the new "Sevrage Show" in which 6 young people take up the Challenge publicly.