State health officials are extending the deadline to enter the “Quit Now Indiana” stop smoking contest – which offers a top prize of $2,500. Originally set to end on August 23rd, Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Agency announced that the deadline for contest entries is being extended to Sept. 30th. To qualify for the prize money, a person pledges to quit using tobacco for the entire month of October. Once the winners names are drawn randomly they will be tested for tobacco use. Second and third place winners will receive $1,500 and $1,000, respectively. Entrants must be at least 18 years of age, legal residents of Indiana, and regular users of tobacco. To submit an entry, participants are encouraged to go online at www.quitnowindiana.com or www.INShape.IN.gov. Locally, entry boxes are available at HealthLinc (Valparaiso), Porter Hospital (Valparaiso and Portage campuses), Porter County Health Department, North Shore Community Health Center (Scottsdale site), and Porter Starke Services (Valparaiso campus); or call Tobacco Education & Prevention Coalition for Porter County at 219-464-5480 for a form.