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Photo:  Mary “Pamela” Wray of Fort St. John is one of six British Columbians collecting prizes after quiting smoking. Today Northern Health Authority Region officials Betty Morris, COO, Northeast Health Services Delivery Area and Dr. Charl Badenhorst, Medical Health Officer congratulated Prize Winner Pamela Wray (centre) on her biggest win: quitting smoking – submitted

A 71 year-old woman proves its not too late to quit smoking after she won a province-wide challenge.

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Fort St. John resident Mary Wray, along with 5 other British Columbians, won the BC Lung Association’s QuitNow & WIN contest. Wray was a smoker for 58 years.

She says she threw away all of her rolling papers and tobacco and hid her ashtrays to help her quit. Wray was one of 7,000 people who signed up for the challenge. The contestants had to prove they were smoke-free by providing urine samples and a carbon dioxide test.

The winners were chosen randomly after a one month challenge. Wray won a two thousand, 500 dollar gift certificate for WestJet. She says she plans to use the certificate to visit her sister in Ontario, whom she hasn’t seen for almost 45 years.

For more information about the 2009 QuitNow & WIN contest, visit www.quitnow.ca.

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