Help is at hand in the run up to Ramadan for Muslims to receive support in quitting tobacco before the holy month begins in April 2020 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.
Our Ramadan campaign is launching on Friday 17th April 2020 to sign residents up to stop smoking or chewing to prevent nicotine cravings during the fast.
“There is a high rate of smoking and tobacco use in the East End,” Mayor John Biggs said. “But the council has been working in health and licensing to reduce tobacco access, regulate products and support those who want to quit.”
Cllr Amina Ali, cabinet member for Health, said: “Quitting before Ramadan begins reducing the risk of lung cancer, heart disease and stroke. Smokers are up to four times more likely to quit for good when they get support.”
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 1,750 people quit smoking in Tower Hamlets.
Due to the current situation in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak, Quit Right Tower Hamlets will be offering free and friendly advice on stopping smoking or chewing tobacco via telephone consultations. Call now on 0207 882 8230 or email firstname.lastname@example.org