MINNEAPOLIS, May 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Michelle Hogen of Maplewood, Minn., along with her husband, Brian, were among the more than 4,200 Minnesotans who entered the QuitCash Challenge, an annual quit-and-win contest sponsored by QUITPLAN® Services to encourage Minnesotans to quit smoking. Today, ClearWay MinnesotaSM and QUITPLAN Services celebrated Michelle's accomplishment and presented her with the contest's grand prize: a check for $5,000.
Smokers for more than 20 years, Brian and Michelle – now 40 years old – were motivated to quit when they found out Michelle was pregnant. They joined the QuitCash Challenge in March, and successfully quit smoking during the contest's "quit month" of April. At the end of the month, Michelle's name was randomly drawn as the contest winner, with her smoke-free status being verified by a lab test.
The Hogens' status as expectant parents motivated them to quit smoking for good. "We were starting to notice what 20 years of smoking does to your health. Brian was starting to develop a smoker's cough," says Michelle. "When we learned I was pregnant, we were inspired to quit for our baby."
Michelle and Brian plan to use some of the QuitCash Challenge money to fix up their home while preparing for the new baby.
"Michelle and Brian's success is something that all of Minnesota should celebrate," said David Willoughby, Chief Executive Officer at ClearWay Minnesota. "Quitting smoking isn't just a great choice for them, it's a wonderful choice for their baby. Truly, they are great role models for other families trying to quit, and for all Minnesotans looking to live healthier lives."
Launched by ClearWay Minnesota in 2001, QUITPLAN Services offers all Minnesotans year-round, free access to phone coaching, text messaging and email support, quit guides and free nicotine patches, gum or lozenges. Minnesotans can find out about all the free help to quit tobacco through QUITPLAN Services by visiting quitplan.com or calling 1-888-354-PLAN (7526).
About ClearWay MinnesotaSM
ClearWay Minnesota is an independent nonprofit organization that improves the health of Minnesotans by reducing the harm caused by tobacco. ClearWay Minnesota serves Minnesota through its grant-making program, QUITPLAN® stop-smoking services and statewide outreach activities. It is funded with 3 percent of the state's 1998 tobacco settlement. For more information on ClearWay Minnesota or QUITPLAN Services, call 952-767-1400 or visit clearwaymn.org.
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SOURCE ClearWay Minnesota