Fasting can help quit smoking: Study

ISLAMABAD: With bundle of blessings the holy month of Ramazan offers for human beings an opportunity to quit the bad habit of smoking through fasting.


Fasting is considered as a strong tool to maintain good health and effective cure for various psychological and medical disorders and health experts suggest fasting as a best way to quit smoking.

The holy month of Ramazan serves as a best exercise for smokers to maintain good health and avoid bad habits of nicotine dependency to stay normal Medical Specialist Dr Tariq Mehmood who is working in Railway hospital Rawalpindi said while talking to APP.

Fasting keeps a person healthy and clean both physically and spiritually and when it comes to quit smoking it can be a best way for those having serious infections from smoking he said.

In normal days it becomes hard for smokers to leave smoking completely as hectic routine and other social pressures compel some to smoke while the period of fasting keeps them away from smoking.

Fasting is a religious obligation and the faithful follow this obligation prior to anything else during Ramazan which leads them to avoiding all the bad habits.

Taking a month long break from the practice of smoking sometimes get converted to a permanent avoidance of health hazardous things.

Will power is needed to quit smoking which the fasting provides people during this holy month and the people refrain themselves to smoke to fulfill their religious obligation, Tariq Mehmood said.

Other than Ramazan smokers experience withdrawal symptoms like irritability anger restlessness impatience insomnia and difficulty concentrating but the fasting helps them to maintain patience.

Fasting is a spiritual help to spend smoke free days during Ramazan and an excellent practice for leaving many bad habits, said Sagheer Rajpoot a student suffering from serious infections of smoking.