Kick the habit, and maybe win bucks |

Kick the habit, and maybe win bucks

The day of reckoning is here, and so far no one has taken up Aspen City Attorney John Worcester (that’s pronounced “wooster”) on his quit-smoking challenge.

Worcester, a longtime smoker who says his wife will kill him if he doesn’t quit, issued a challenge to the smokers of Aspen – quit smoking, give to a worthy cause and take your chance at winning a few bucks.

The idea is for smokers to kick $25 into a communitywide pool, quit smoking as part of the Great American Smoke Out (which happens today, not Friday, as incorrectly reported in a previous story), and have a chance to win half of whatever total is in the pool.

The money is being held by Senior Editor John Colson at The Aspen Times office, 310 E. Main St., which is where all hopeful quitters (or their even more hopeful spouses) should come by the end of Friday to take part in Worcester’s challenge. That’s right, we’re giving smokers until Friday, Nov. 19, to put their money where their cigarettes go. Entries will be accepted until 4:30 p.m.

Anyone who smokes before the end of 60 days after the deadline is disqualified, but the successful quitters at the end of 60 days will have their names tossed in a hat on Jan. 18. The name that is drawn will get half of the cash in the pool. The other half will be donated to the American Lung Association, sponsor of the Great American Smoke Out.

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