(JASONVILLE) - A Jasonville man won $1,500 from the Quit Now Indiana Smoking Cessation contest.
The Greene County Daily World reports that 31-year-old Sean Terrell was the silver medal winner in the contest, coming in second in the random draw of 4,600 people throughout Indiana.
Terrell said he began smoking when he was 15-years-old and had tried to quit several times in the past few years. His wife, Gayle, urged him to quit smoking for not only his health, but for hers and their daughter, Ava.
"In our old house we had an attached garage where I would go out and smoke, but Ava would follow me out there," Terrell said. "Second-hand smoke is worse than first-hand."
After several failed attempts - one which lasted nearly two weeks - Terrell decided to use the smoking patch to help aid his final attempt in September. He has been smoke free for about two and a half months.
Terrell was shocked to learn he won the contest, and admitted he did not believe it when he first received the phone call.
Mary Stackhouse of Kokomo was the first place winner with a $2,500 prize and Carla Reel of Lafayette was the third place winner with $1,000.
Gayle had signed him up for the contest as an added incentive to quit smoking, but neither thought he would actually win the cash.
Since quitting smoking, Terrell has noticed some health benefits and he is saving money, but added the fact he will not have to take smoke breaks is the most important aspect.
He also offered advice to smokers who wanted to quit, but still had not been able to - Just keep trying.
Gayle said she is very happy with her husband for quitting, but added she thought it would take longer for him to completely stop smoking. Gayle signed her husband up for a Way To Quit study through the University of Pennsylvania.
For the study, Terrell will have an initial test to ensure he had remained smoke-free, and several follow up saliva tests.
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