Win a chance to be featured in ‘Dear Me’ tobacco campaign

SITKA — The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Tobacco Program invites Southeast tobacco users to participate in the “Dear Me, Hear Me” contest encouraging Alaskans to quit tobacco for good.

SEARHC is teaming up with the State of Alaska Tobacco Prevention and Control Program to host the new contest as part of the state’s successful “Dear Me” tobacco-cessation-focused media campaign. The “Dear Me, Hear Me” contest is designed to encourage Alaskans to quit tobacco and be featured in a “Dear Me” TV commercial. The contest asks adult tobacco users who are residents of Alaska (age 18 or older) to write a candid letter about their battle with tobacco, and submit it in order to share their story and encourage sharing among others. Two grand prize winners will get to film their own “Dear Me” commercial and win $500.

Any adult Alaska resident can enter the contest by going to http://alaskaquitline.com/ to submit contact information and a Dear Me letter by the May 20, deadline. Other entry options include regular mail: Dear Me, Hear Me, PO Box 101379, Anchorage, AK, 99510-1379, email: dearme@nwstrat.com, Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/alaskaquitline or fax: 907-562-2570.

From the entries, 10 semifinalists will be chosen and each semifinalist will receive a Flip video camera to film themselves reading their letter. The semifinalists will need to mail, email or post their video to the Alaska Quit Line’s website or Facebook page by June 3, for review. Two grand prize winners will be chosen from the submitted videos and will film their commercials during the last two weeks of June 2011.

Each participant in the “Dear Me, Hear Me” contest will receive a “quit kit” in the mail that includes a tote bag, journal and pen, magnet, mints and a commitment bracelet. For more information on the contest, go to http://alaskaquitline.com/, http://www.facebook.com/alaskaquitline or by emailing dearme@nwstrat.com.

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