|Health Factors:||Tobacco Use|
|Decision Makers:||Employers & Businesses Local Government State Government Grantmakers Nonprofit Leaders Public Health Professionals & Advocates|
|Population Reach:||10-19% of WI's population|
|Impact on Disparities:|
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In tobacco cessation contests, participants are encouraged to quit using tobacco on a particular date or during a specific time period; successful participants are eligible for raffles, lotteries, or prize drawings, which may include financial payments or other rewards. Often called Quit & Win contests, tobacco cessation contests may be part of larger cessation interventions with counseling or pharmacological treatments (e.g., nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)) (Thomas 2016). Competitions can occur at worksites or within the broader community (CG-Tobacco use).
There is insufficient evidence to determine whether tobacco cessation contests reduce smoking when implemented alone (CG-Tobacco use). Available evidence suggests that contests may help some smokers quit, but are not likely to affect community smoking rates (Cochrane-Cahill 2008a). Contests may be part of broader cessation programs with counseling or pharmacological treatments (Cochrane-Cahill 2014) which can decrease tobacco use in the short-term (Cochrane-Cahill 2015, Cochrane-Cahill 2014, Ledgerwood 2014); very substantial cash rewards for confirmed tobacco free participants may also decrease tobacco use in the short-term (Cochrane-Cahill 2015). An assessment of multi-component Quit & Win contests at 19 universities suggests that participation in multiple contests may increase the likelihood of quitting (Thomas 2016). However, additional evidence is needed to confirm effects.
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