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Quit Squad here to help during Ramadan

Posted on the 10th July 2015

Health professionals in Lancashire are encouraging people taking part in Ramadan to stop smoking for good once the religious fasting period is over.

Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar and is a period of prayer, fasting, charitable giving and self-accountability. Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust is campaigning to raise awareness of the health benefits of quitting smoking and to encourage people that have not been able to smoke in the day during the Ramadan fasting period, to continue their effort and quit for good. Kicking the habit can reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes, improve fertility and blood pressure.

During the fasting period of Ramadan those taking part are unable to smoke cigarettes, e-cigarettes, shisha or chew tobacco and in cutting this out during the day they have already won half the battle to stopping for good.

The team hold regular drop in sessions for those needing support stopping smoking, to find your nearest clinic please visit www.quitsquad.nhs.uk

Julie Trezise, Quit Squad Manager for Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

"Stopping smoking isn’t easy, but you are 4 times more likely to quit with the help of a health professional. The team is aware of the challenges faced during Ramadan and will support and advise individuals as appropriate. Ramadan is a great time to quit and a good opportunity to raise the dangers of Shisha at the same time. Many people often think that it is less harmful than smoking cigarettes when in fact one Shisha or Hookah session contains the same amount of nicotine as 200 cigarettes and can increase the risk of mouth cancer”

If you would like more information on how to give up tobacco for good and support with quitting e-cigarettes free phone 0800 3286297 or refer online on the website.