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Signing up for smoking cessation for Ramadan at the East London Mosque, 28th April
Signing up for smoking cessation for Ramadan at the East London Mosque, 28th April

Quitting tobacco for Ramadan?

HELP IS AT hand for Tower Hamlets residents who want to stop smoking over Ramadan. The Council began its intensive campaign at the end of last month, hoping to help tobacco users wean themselves off the habit before the holy month begins.

Member of the public using a carbon monoxide monitor to see how much of this poisonous gas is trapped in his blood.

Member of the public using a carbon monoxide monitor to see how much of this poisonous gas is trapped in his blood.

Dr Somen Banerjee, Director of Public Health at Tower Hamlets Council, explained, “As Ramadan is a time for abstaining from addictive substances, quitting before the holy month begins is a great way to kick-start your health and benefit from reducing your risk of lung cancer, heart disease and stroke. Local stop smoking advisers are always available but they will be even more accessible over the next month to offer advice on the free services and quitting options.”

Although most tobacco users smoke conventional cigarettes, a number of people in Tower Hamlets use smokeless tobacco products – like Betel nut and paan leaf, shisha, and chewing tobacco like “sada” and “zarda” – which can also be dangerous.

For support on stopping smoking or using chewing tobacco, drop by one of the following locations for expert advice:

Friday 12 May, 12.30pm-2.30pm
Brick Lane Mosque, 59 Brick Lane E1 6QL

Every Wednesday, 2pm-3.30pm
Brick Lane Mosque

Every Thursday, 1pm-3pm
East London Mosque , 46 Whitechapel Road, E1 1JX

Fortnightly, every Tuesday, 12.30-2.30pm
Darul Ummah Mosque, 56 Bigland Street, E1 2ND

Fortnightly, every Friday, 12.30pm-2.30pm
Ford Square Mosque, 16 Ford Square, E1 2HS

For more information on stop smoking support services, go to:
www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/stopsmoking
or phone the BME Stop Tobacco Project (English and Bengali speakers available) on:
020-7882 8669 (female advisers) or 020 7882 8660 (male advisers)

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