August 13, 2010

Muslim smokers urged to quit for good during Ramadan


by David Masters

The holy month of Ramadan is an excellent opportunity to quit smoking, British Muslims have been told.

During Ramadan, Muslims fast during daylight hours. This includes abstaining from smoking.

Health trusts and pharmacies across the UK are encouraging Muslims to make the most of the self-control needed for fasting to quit smoking altogether.

NHS Walsall Community Health is one of the health trusts urging Muslim smokers to try and break their addiction.

“Ramadan is a great opportunity for Muslims to use their willpower to kick the smoking and tobacco habit once and for all,” said Alan Jarvis, head of adult lifestyle services at Walsall Community Health.

Kawaldip Sehmi, Director of Health Inequalities at smoking advice charity QUIT, said: “Smoking is a serious health issue for Asian communities who are at risk from heart disease and respiratory symptoms associated with smoking.

“The month of Ramadan is an excellent opportunity for patients who have chosen to fast to make the decision to stop smoking completely.

“Research shows that people who are most successful at quitting long term are those who have abstained for a four week period, i.e. the length of Ramadan and who have the support of their friends and family.”

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