Quit tobacco before Ramadan and beyond

Help is at hand in the run up to Ramadan for Muslims to receive support in quitting tobacco before the holy month begins in May.

As Ramadan is a time for fasting, praying, forgiveness and purification, it is seen as an ideal time to start positive habits and quit tobacco.

The ‘Quit tobacco before Ramadan’ campaign was launched with Mayor John Biggs on Friday April 5, four weeks ahead of Ramadan to help Muslims prevent nicotine cravings before the fast.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said: “Although there is a high rate of smoking and tobacco use in the borough, we have been working closely with our partners across health and licensing to reduce access, regulate products and support residents in quitting.”

Local stop smoking advisors have helped more than 1,340 people stop smoking or chewing tobacco over the past year.

Anyone living or working in the borough can access the free support services, which includes advice and support as well as nicotine replacement therapies, such as e-cigarettes.

An e-cigarette is a device that allows you to inhale nicotine and is up to 95 per cent safer than tobacco.

Councillor Denise Jones, cabinet member for Health, Adults and Communities said: “Quitting before Ramadan begins is a great way to kick-start your health and benefit from reducing your risk of lung cancer, heart disease and stroke.

“Free services are always available and you are up to four times more likely to stay quit for good when you receive support.”

Quit Right Tower Hamlets will be offering free and friendly advice on stopping smoking or chewing tobacco at the following locations:

Wednesday 10 April 12pm – 1.15pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street, 185 E India Dock Rd, E14 6BT

Thursday 11 April 10am – 12pm
Idea Store Bow, Roman Road, E3 5ES

Visit Quit Right Tower Hamlets for more information on quitting tobacco, or call 020 7882 8230 to book an appointment.
Posted on Thursday 11th April 2019