Tara and Dale and kids

  • Registration will begin on Monday January 20. 
  • Quit Kits are available at Manitoba Walmart, Superstore or Extra Foods pharmacies. Talk to the pharmacist about your quit plan.
  • Go to our Manitobaquits Facebook page for updates, for discussions, and support.
  • Register early for weekly prizes!
  • Call Smoker’s Helpline for person to person support. Talk to a Quit Specialist at 1-877-513-5333 and plan ahead for your Quit day on March 1.
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JD Edwards

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Madeline Hatch Community Elder

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Turtle Island Staff

Official Launch at Turtle Island Recreation Centre on January 20, 2014
The ManitobaQuits Launch at Turtle Island on Monday January 20 was a big success. We had many community members attend who were there to enjoy the live music by JD Edwards, a pizza lunch, door prizes and to either register for ManitobaQuits or to be a support to someone registering for the contest.

It was inspiring to hear people’s stories of making quit attempts in the past, not giving up and trying again.

Elder Madeline Hatch opened the launch with a prayer and with a teaching about the sacred use of tobacco in ceremonies. She quit smoking cigarettes four years ago.

Rose Marsden of The Indian and Metis Friendship Centre told the audience about her past struggles with smoking cigarettes and of how when she learned about the ceremonial use of Tobacco from an elder, she changed her thinking about smoking and was eventually able to quit four years ago.

Another guest speaker spoke about his family’s history of smoking and how he smoked for many years. He has recently stpped smoking with the help of a local Quit Smoking group and has been smoke free for a year. He is proud to call him self a non-smoker and to be a role-model for his grandchildren.

Tara and Dale both entered ManitobaQuits last year and have been smoke-free for a year. They have made huge changes since then in getting healthy and saving money. They were able to take their family on a trip west to the mountains with money saved from not smoking. Dale ran a one half marathon this year and their children are happy to have a smoke-free family.

JD Edwards, a Manitoba recording artist played at last year’s launch and hasn’t smoked since! His voice is loud and clear and he “sings” the praises of a smoke-free life.

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Margaret Berhardt-Lowdon, Executive Director, Manitoba Lung Association