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‘Quit smoking for Ramadan’ Tower Hamlets health chiefs urges Muslims

PUBLISHED: 15:43 10 May 2017

Monitoring breathing outside East London Mosque in Ramadan 'no smoking' campaign. Picture: KOIS MIAH

Monitoring breathing outside East London Mosque in Ramadan 'no smoking' campaign. Picture: KOIS MIAH

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A public campaign to stop smoking is being targeted at east London’s Muslim community by Tower Hamlets health chiefs in time for Ramadan.

Signing up to Tower Hamlets council's latest campaign to stop smoking. Picture: KOIS MIAHSigning up to Tower Hamlets council's latest campaign to stop smoking. Picture: KOIS MIAH

Advice sessions are being run at four mosques before the Holy Month starts on May 26 to help smokers kick the habit.

“Quitting before the Holy Month can start reducing the risk of cancer, heart disease and stroke,” Tower Hamlets public health director Dr Somen Banerjee said. “Ramadan is a time for abstaining from addictive substances, so advisers are available to offer options on quitting.”

The ‘help’ sessions are being run at four mosques—East London in Whitechapel Road every Thursday, 1-3pm, Brick Lane this Friday 12.30-2.30pm and both Wednesdays 2-3.30pm, Darul Ummah in Shadwell both Tuesdays 12.30-2.30pm and Ford Square in Whitechapel both Fridays 12.30-2.30pm.

Local authority health services have helped more than 2,000 smokers in the East End to quit in the past two years alone.

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