March 31, 2023

How Ramadan Can Support Your Journey to Quit Smoking

How Ramadan Can Support Your Journey to Quit Smoking
In the UAE, smoking is a significant health concern, with approximately 25% of the population being smokers. During this holy month, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk, and smoking is prohibited during fasting hours. That means you’ll have fewer opportunities to light up and more time to focus on your health and spirituality.

Going smoke-free: the benefits

Quitting smoking can have immediate and long-term health benefits – within just 20 minutes of quitting, your heart rate and blood pressure start to decrease. After 12 hours, the carbon monoxide levels in your blood decrease, allowing for more oxygen to be delivered to your body and after just one year, your risk of heart disease and stroke drops by half.

Quitting: a step-by-step guide

If you’re a smoker looking to quit, here are a few tips to help you get started: Set a quit date: Choose a date to quit smoking and stick to it. Get support: Inform your family and friends about your decision to quit smoking and ask for their support. You can also seek professional help, such as nicotine replacement therapy or counseling. Stay hydrated: Drinking plenty of water during non-fasting hours can help reduce nicotine cravings. Keep busy: Find activities to keep yourself occupied with, during fasting hours, to take your mind off smoking. Practice mindfulness: Keep reminding yourself that quitting smoking has many benefits, especially during this month of self-reflection and spiritual devotion.
Quitting smoking during Ramadan can be a challenging but rewarding experience. By quitting, you’ll not only improve your health but also demonstrate your commitment to self-improvement during this holy month.
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