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NHS health chiefs use Ramadan for Muslims to stop smoking

PUBLISHED: 17:01 04 August 2009 | UPDATED: 14:39 05 October 2010

HEALTH chiefs are using the approach of the Muslim festival of Ramadan to help smokers in London’s East End kick the habit. A campaign has been started by NHS Tower Hamlets to “make Ramadan a good time to stop”

By Gemma Collins

HEALTH chiefs are using the approach of the Muslim festival of Ramadan to help smokers in London’s East End kick the habit.

A campaign has been started by NHS Tower Hamlets to “make Ramadan a good time to stop.”

It has been launched in time for the month-long festival which starts on August 22 when Muslims have to ditch their cigarettes as well as fast each day.

A similar campaign last year saw 1,000 sign up for the Stop Smoking’ pledge, mostly members of Whitechapel’s East London Mosque.

Mohammad Shakir from the mosque explained: “If people are giving up for a month for religious reasons, it is a good way of getting them ready for the lifestyle and to stop smoking.”

Smoking-related diseases account for 22 per cent of all deaths in Tower Hamlets, compared to London’s average of 18 per cent.


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