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How to Embrace the Smoke-Free Lifestyle this Ramadan

As the end of the holy month of Ramadan approaches, it is a time for spiritual reflection, prayer, and self-improvement. For smokers, it can also be an opportunity to embrace a smoke-free lifestyle and prioritize one’s health and well-being. One of the biggest challenges for smokers during the holy month is managing cravings and withdrawal symptoms, especially during fasting hours. This can be particularly difficult as smoking is often associated with social gatherings.

One effective strategy for smokers looking to transition to a smoke-free lifestyle is Tobacco Harm Reduction. As the name suggests, it focuses on reducing the harm caused by tobacco use by promoting alternative, less harmful nicotine delivery methods. This includes innovative smoke-free alternatives like heated tobacco products, which heat tobacco instead of burning it, producing vapor without the smoke and ash associated with cigarettes.

During a recent interview, Dr. Marwa Aly Al-Shamy, a Chest Diseases Consultant at Alexandria University Hospitals (Egypt), emphasized that health experts around the world are dedicating significant efforts to applying the harm reduction concept to smoking through science-backed technologies. Switching to smoke-free alternatives during Ramadan can make a significant difference in reducing the harm caused by smoking. “These products provide a satisfying nicotine experience without the smoke odor, making it easier for smokers to maintain a smoke-free environment during the fasting period,” says Dr. Al-Shamy.

Ali, 35, from Lahore switched to nicotine pouches during Ramadan last year and claims to have noticed a significant improvement in his life. He states, “I had been a smoker for years, but last Ramadan, I decided to try nicotine pouches as an alternative. I am amazed at how easy it has been to manage my cravings without the smoke. Plus, knowing that I am reducing harm to myself, and others makes it a pleasant experience.”

28-year-old Fatima, from Karachi, also claims to have found great benefit in switching from cigarettes. She claims, “Since I switched to a heated tobacco product this Ramadan, I have already noticed a significant amount of improvement in my life. The entire experience allows me to enjoy moments with friends and family without the guilt of smoking cigarettes. It is truly a game-changer for me as it is tar, ash, and smoke free.”

To support smokers in their journey towards a smoke-free Ramadan, medical health professionals recommend setting realistic goals, seeking support from family and friends, and staying mindful of triggers that may lead to smoking. Ramadan is a time for spiritual renewal and self-improvement. Embracing a smoke-free lifestyle during this sacred month contributes to a cleaner, better environment for yourself and those around you. With the right mindset, support, and determination, adults who choose to continue smoking can make positive changes that last beyond Ramadan and lead to a less harmful and much happier life.

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