Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s stop smoking service, the Quit Squad, are raising awareness of the dangers of both smoking and chewing tobacco as Ramadan begins. The religious festival means participants are unable to smoke cigarettes, shisha or e-cigarettes or chew tobacco during the time of fasting within daylight hours and by doing so people are already half way through the battle of being able to quit for good. Chewing tobacco can also be known as betel quid, paan or gutkha and is a mixture of ingredients including nuts, spices and often tobacco wrapped in a betel leaf. Kicking the habit reduces the risk of some cancers, heart disease and stroke and can improve blood pressure and cholesterol.
Julie Trezise, Quit Squad Manager at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:
“Ramadan is a good time for people to get into some healthy habits, and stopping smoking is one of those. We are aware it isn’t easy for people to stop smoking, however the health and wellbeing benefits people will see when they do stop for good are definitely worth it!“Smoking shisha is becoming increasingly popular especially with young people and smokers think it is less harmful than smoking cigarettes. However, one shisha session contains the same amount of carbon monoxide as 200 cigarettes. Similarly, chewing tobacco tends to bring with it the myth that it isn’t as harmful as smoking however it can be a cause of mouth cancers and heart disease.
“People are four times more likely to stop smoking for good with the help of NHS services than will power alone and by not smoking during the day, now is a great time to take the first steps to a completely smokefree future and all the benefits that brings with it.”
If you would like to find out more information on how the Quit Squad can help you, please contact them on Freephone 0800 328 6297 or visit their website for more details and to complete the online self-referral form www.quitsquad.nhs.uk.