Recruitment underway for competitive game to end tobacco use
tXtobacco is a month-long texting trivia contest that starts on June 6, 2016 with new rounds starting every Monday. tXtobacco will be available through December 2016 and users can sign up at any time in this time period.
WASHINGTON, June 30, 2016 – The Department of Defense, Quit Tobacco-UCanQuit2.org and the National Cancer Institute are looking for winners who can outsmart Big Tobacco. Beginning this summer, a tobacco trivia contest called tXtobacco is holding an open enrollment. The game tests knowledge of the dangers of tobacco use and directs participants to resources for quitting. While designed for active duty service members following basic training (both smokers and nonsmokers), tXtobacco’s sponsors are encouraging everyone to take part. Competition between services is intended to boost participation even further.
The contest aims to reduce the number of military personnel who begin or reinitiate tobacco use. Using tobacco negatively affects the ability of military personnel to fight our nation’s enemies. Smoking is recognized as one of the best predictors of military training failure; it is also associated with significantly increased rates of hospitalization and lost workdays. Smokers are more likely to sustain injuries and perform poorly on military fitness evaluations. Tobacco use impairs wound healing, eyesight and night vision, and accelerates hearing loss.
Once enrolled in tXtobacco, participants will receive 3-4 weekly trivia questions during the evening via text message for one month. Top scorers can claim bragging rights by checking the weekly online leaderboards at the UCanQuit2 website.
Through this innovative trivia contest, those interested are urged to become “tXtobacco warriors” by texting TRIVIA to 47848 along with a chosen username and the program code provided by their installation or service training lead. The contest is offered on a rolling basis for six months, until Dec. 12, 2016. The last day to enroll is Nov. 13, 2016. For more information on hosting a tXtobacco competition at a specific base, send an email to tXtobacco.
Visit the tXtobacco website to learn more and download promotional materials.