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Five reasons to quit smoking for a healthier Ramadan

While you’re busy preparing for Ramadan, have you thought about giving up smoking during the blessed month?

Ramadan is a month of fasting, self-reflection, and spiritual renewal for Muslims all around the world. If you smoke, Ramadan can be an excellent opportunity for you to quit smoking and improve your overall health and well-being.

Shayful Islam, Senior Health and Wellbeing Worker at Be Well Tameside, shares his five reasons to stop smoking for good this Ramadan:

1. Smoking is harmful to your health

Smoking is one of the leading causes of preventable deaths worldwide. It is responsible for a range of health problems, including lung cancer, heart disease, stroke, and respiratory diseases. Quitting smoking can significantly reduce your risk of developing these health problems.

The goal of fasting is for people to gain their spiritual wellbeing, but your body is also a gift – your physical health matters too.

2. You’re already abstaining from smoking

During the day, you’re not eating, drinking or smoking. Your body begins to recover within minutes of stopping smoking. Think of all the positive things happening in your body after a whole day of not smoking – that’s a full day recovering from the harm of smoking. Don’t undo all of that by smoking when you open your fast.

3. Ramadan is a time for self-improvement

Ramadan is a time for self-reflection and self-improvement. It’s about breaking your normal routines and adopting new positive habits. You’re getting up early, you’re fasting during the day and eating at different times than you’re used to. You might do something different to feel better during the day. It’s the perfect time to adopt a new healthier lifestyle, and carry it on after Ramadan.

4. You’ll save more money

Quitting smoking can save you a significant amount of money, which you can use for more meaningful purposes. Money that was going to be burnt away can go to a good cause instead and more to give out ‘Eidi’ for loved ones.

5. You’ll protect those around you from second-hand smoke

Smoking not only harms the smoker but also the people around them. Secondhand smoke is dangerous and can cause health problems such as lung cancer and heart disease. Quitting smoking can protect your loved ones from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke.

Bonus! Stopping smoking improves your sense of taste and smell so you will enjoy your Iftar more –food will taste better!

Quitting smoking for Ramadan can have significant health and spiritual benefits. It is a time for self-improvement, and quitting smoking is a positive step towards a healthier, happier life.

If you are a smoker, consider using Ramadan as an opportunity to quit smoking and improve your overall well-being.

For help to stop smoking, speak to your Local Stop Smoking Service, GP or pharmacist, or call the NHS Stop Smoking helpline free on 0300 123 1044. Greater Manchester residents can also get six months’ free access to the Smoke Free app – usually worth £60 – by signing up online at www.smokefreeapp.com/GM (T&Cs apply).