Help is at hand in the run up to Ramadan for Muslims to receive support in quitting tobacco before the holy month begins on 16/17 May this year.
Ramadan is one of the most important events of the Islamic calendar as it is a time for fasting, praying, forgiveness and purification. It is seen as a time to start positive habits, making it an ideal time to stop tobacco.
The ‘Quit Tobacco Before Ramadan’ campaign is launching on Monday 30 April to sign residents up to stop smoking or chewing to prevent nicotine cravings during the fast.
Dr Somen Banerjee, Director of Public Health said: “As Ramadan is a time for abstaining from addictive substances, quitting before it begins is a great way to kick start your health and benefit from reducing your risk of lung cancer, heart disease and stroke.
“Local stop smoking advisers are always available but they will be even more accessible over the next two weeks to offer advice on free services and quitting options.”
Smokeless tobacco (chewing tobacco like ‘sada’ and ‘zarda’) is widely used in the South Asian community with Betel nut and paan leaf. Tower Hamlets has one of the highest rates of smokeless tobacco use as well as other products like shisha.
Although Tower Hamlets has some of the highest levels of smoking and smokeless tobacco use in London, smoking rates continue to decline.
Last year, the council and its partners across health services helped over 1,350 people quit smoking in Tower Hamlets.
Quit Right Tower Hamlets will be offering free and friendly advice on stopping smoking or chewing tobacco at the following locations:
|Monday 30 April||9.30am-12.30pm|| Idea Store Bow, 1 Gladstone Place, Roman Road
|Every Tuesday||12.30-2pm||Darrul Ummah Mosque, 56 Bigland Street, E1 2ND|
|Every Wednesday||12.30-2pm||Brick Lane Mosque, 59 Brick Lane E1 6QL|
Thursday 3 May
Idea Store Whitechapel, 321 Whitechapel Road
|Thursday 3 May||10am-12.30pm||Idea Store Bow|
|Friday 4 May||12 – 2pm||East London Mosque, 46 Whitechapel Road, E1 1JX|
|Tuesday 8 May||9.30am-12.30pm||Idea Store Chrisp Street, 185 E India Dock Rd, Poplar, E14 6BT|
|Thursday 10 May||10am-12.30pm||Idea Store Bow|
|Friday 11 May||12-2pm||East London Mosque|
|Saturday 12 May||11.30am-5pm||Festival of Communities
Stepney Green Park, 120A Stepney Green E1 3JJ
|Sunday 13 May||11.30am-5pm||Festival of Communities
Queen Mary University Mile End CampusMile End Road E1 4NS
Alternatively you can also find your nearest session on the interactive map.
If you have a long term condition (i,e diabetes, high blood pressure heart condition) and are taking medication please talk to your local pharmacist, practice nurse or GP who will be able to advise you on your medication during Ramadan.
You can drop in to your pharmacist or GP for advice and support on stopping smoking at any time.
To speak to a male or female health advisor of Quit Right Tower Hamlets in English or Bengali, call 020 7882 8669 (women) or 020 7882 8660 (men.)
See the council’s page for information on stop smoking services.
Follow Quit Right Tower Hamlets for updates on stopping smoking sessions @TH_Quit Right