MUSC Hollings Cancer Center and Partners Kick Off “Quit & Win” Contest

The Medical University of South Carolina’s (MUSC) Hollings Cancer Center and community partners have teamed up to give smokers another reason to stop smoking for today’s American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout®. Area smokers who sign up for the Post and Courier Quit & Win Contest by January 15 and remain smoke-free for a month will be eligible to win one of two cash prizes of $1,000.  

“Tobacco use is responsible for nearly one in three cancer deaths and it’s the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. We need to do everything we can to get people who are addicted to cigarettes to stop smoking,” said Ashley Cashon of the American Cancer Society. “The Great American Smokeout® is an annual event that has been held for 40 years, helping millions of Americans get started on their journey to stop smoking. We encourage every smoker in the Lowcountry to lose the smoke. Do it now and you might win a grand by signing up for the Quit & Win contest.”

Smokers can sign up for the contest online at

To enter the contest, individuals must: 

Be 18 years of age or older

Live or work in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester County, SC 

Be a current daily smoker who has smoked for at least one year or more

Complete the registration form by no later than January 15, 2016

Not smoke between January 15 and February 13, 2016

Have nonsmoking status bio-chemically confirmed within 24 hours of notification of winning

There is no cost to register. 

“We all know of family members, friends, and co-workers who have struggled to stop smoking and we’ve seen the consequences of waiting until it is too late,” said Dr. Graham Warren, a radiation oncologist and Medical Director for MUSC’s Tobacco Cessation Program. “If this campaign convinces just a few people to stop smoking, it will be worth it, as the consequences of smoking are so dire.” 

According to James McKenrick, president of the Smoke Free Lowcountry Coalition, a number of businesses and health organizations across the region have signed on with the MUSC Hollings Cancer Center and Post and Courier to promote the contest, including Roper Hospital, Trident Medical Center, the Ralph Johnson Veteran’s Medical Center, the Ernest E. Kennedy Center, Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union and the American Lung Association. 

McKenrick said, “Working with the Trident Wellness Round Table, we’ve sent information about the contest to over 300 local businesses. We encourage any business small or large that would like to get involved in this campaign to contact us at 843-876-2437.”   

12-25-2015 07:42 (EST)