The St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund began signing up truckers for its “Rigs Without Cigs” tobacco cessation campaign at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas last week. The program is aimed to help truckers quit smoking, dipping and chewing tobacco to improve their health.
Julie Dillon, communication and wellness manager with the St. Christopher Fund, says drivers aren’t expected to quit cold turkey when the campaign begins Friday, Sept. 1, but instead is aimed to help them cut down on their tobacco use.
“Most drivers probably won’t be able to quit cold turkey, but if we can get them to cut down after a few months from two packs a day to maybe one pack a day, that’s improvement,” she says. “We will have a support system to help walk them through the program and help them succeed.”
After each quarter during the year-long campaign, participating drivers will fill out a questionnaire to track their progress, and program sponsor RoadPro will be giving away prizes at random. A new group of drivers will also be able to join the campaign at the end of each quarter. At the end of the campaign at GATS in 2018, drivers who participated will be eligible for a grand prize drawing for $500.
The campaign also has a Facebook group.