Not just holding back eating and drinking, holding back the desire to smoke throughout the month of fasting is a challenge for smokers. If it’s like this, smoking a cigarette after breaking the fast is a fun option. However, did you know that there are a number of dangers of smoking during iftar that lurk you?
The Dangers of Smoking During Iftar
In general, smoking is harmful to health. Smoking has an impact on physical and psychological health.
Physical health problems can be in the form of respiratory, heart, gastric, stroke, tooth and bone damage. Meanwhile, psychological disorders that arise can be in the form of stress, anxiety, and much more.
Not without reason, in a cigarette there is an abundant toxic content. There are more than 4000 harmful substances in cigarettes, including nicotine, tar, carbon monoxide, oxidant gases, and benzene.
In fact, doctors say the dangers of smoking actually double after the body fasts a full day. This was revealed by a cardiologist from Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore, Dr Stanley Chia that smoking increases a person’s risk of developing serious diseases.
In addition to cancer, smoking is effective in damaging the airways and air sacs of the lungs so that smokers can experience chronic bronchitis and difficulty breathing.
“Smoking is something that is dangerous, especially when breaking the fast in the month of Ramadan,” said Dr Riaz Ahmad Minhas, an internist from Emirates Clinic and Medical Center UAE.
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Doctor Minhas explained, a person’s body needs more fluids, glucose, and oxygen when breaking the fast. On the other hand, smoking causes blood vessels to contract. As a result, the flow of oxygen that should enter the body becomes blocked.
When the body lacks intake, smoking can also cause the blood to thicken. This condition puts smokers at high risk for clogged arteries, increased blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, and spikes in cholesterol.
“The effect can be lethal. Smokers must be aware of the dangers,” continued Doctor Minhas. For this reason, the momentum of fasting should not only be used to hold hunger and thirst, but also slowly stop smoking habits that are not healthy.
In addition, the following are the effects of smoking when breaking the fast that you need to know:
- Decreased appetite
- High potential for nausea and vomiting
- Smoking on an empty stomach makes the toxins easily absorbed by the body
- Disrupt blood circulation
- Headaches due to the effects of nicotine that directly enter the brain
- Trigger coughing due to irritated airways
- Harm to the nervous system and lungs compared to smoking on a normal day
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Stop Smoking While Fasting, Is It Possible?
Actually, Ramadan fasting is a golden opportunity for those of you who are intending to quit smoking. If you are able to hold yourself from hunger and thirst for a dozen hours, you should be able to resist the urge to smoke in such a way and eventually quit on your own.
Here are the steps you can take:
- Have a strong will and determination. The chatter of people around is useless if there is no intention from within you. Therefore, start a strong determination to slowly stop smoking. Equate this intention with the desire to worship.
- Get busy. The amount of busyness will forget your strong desire to smoke cigarettes. Instead of just filling the fasting month with relaxing and sleeping all day, try to increase positive activities such as worship, ngabuburit, or take part in virtual webinars to increase knowledge.
- Avoid the view of smoking. One step that can also be tried is avoiding the view of cigarettes. Stay away from places that will tempt you to go back to smoking cigarettes like smoking area and the agenda of hanging out with friends who both smoke.
- Do not rush. Can not be denied, quitting smoking really takes time. Break the habit slowly by reducing the number of cigarettes you smoke each day. This will slowly make you stop altogether.
- Find support. The solution is no less important is not to hesitate to seek support. After intending, tell the closest people about your wishes. Ask for their support to embrace you when you want bubbling reappear. Support system will make your struggle lighter.
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ParentsI hope this information about the dangers of smoking during iftar is useful and inspires you to live a healthy lifestyle.
Article reviewed by:
Gita Permatasari, MD
General Practitioner and Lactation Consultant