Posted by: Dawud Israel | July 21, 2008

How to Quit Smoking


Some of you may know that the Muslim world suffers from the huge problem of smoking. Apparently, Muslims smoke more than any other group in the world–mainly Egypt (not to pick on them).

I came across this study regarding what strategies work in quiting smoking. You can read the abstract of the study HERE

It isn’t mentioned in the link (the complete article you will have to find in the published journal) but there was a competing interest to this study (favoring varenicline) so it might not be too legit but since this was a comparison of previous studies I think it’s fairly safe.

Results: We identified 70 published reports of 69 trials involving a total of 32 908 patients. Six of the 7 pharmacotherapies studied were found to be more efficacious than placebo: varenicline (odds ratio [OR] 2.41, 95% credible interval [CrI] 1.91–3.12), nicotine nasal spray (OR 2.37, 95% CrI 1.12–5.13), bupropion (OR 2.07, 95% CrI 1.73–2.55), transdermal nicotine (OR 2.07, 95% CrI 1.69–2.62), nicotine tablet (OR 2.06, 95% CrI 1.12–5.13) and nicotine gum (OR 1.71, 95% CrI 1.35–2.21). Similar results were obtained regardless of which measure of abstinence was used. Although the point estimate favoured nicotine inhaler over placebo (OR 2.17), these results were not conclusive because the credible interval included unity (95% CrI 0.95–5.43). When all 7 interventions were included in the same model, all were more efficacious than placebo. In our analysis of data from the varenicline trials that included bupropion control arms, we found that varenicline was superior to bupropion (OR 2.18, 95% CrI 1.09–4.08).

In reviewing the success rates I found that about 13% to 25% of people (hundreds of people) were able to quit smoking successfully so this is definitely a strategy worth trying.

Some of these are easily available, while others may require a prescription. You can see a partial list of some of the medications HERE


Another good method to add into this is “quitlines” which are like helplines that provide support for people who wish to stop smoking. You can search through Google for a local “quitline” to help you. These have also been proven to cause an increase in quiting successfully.

Some people aren’t aware that these methods are effective although most people are ready to quit.

So in summary:

1) Look into one of the treatments to “wean” you off of smoking

2) Contact a quitline in your area.

3) Make dua that you will quit smoking

Subhana kallahumma wa bihamdika ash-haduana la illaha illa ant astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk, Ameen.


  1. I was watching Oprah once, (yeah I do watch it, and i’m proud of it!), and they had this Dr. Mehmet (Mohammed) Oz special about “Breathing Easy”, or the positive way of quitting smoking.

    I recommend it, some of the people on the show actually showed up after not smoking for a couple of months. Plus Oprah is into self-help, and b/c she and Dr.Oz are, they have better strategies for “Breathing Easy”

  2. Dr. Oz is…Muslim?!?!? I never knew that.

    One thing that I know is that some strategies will never work for certain people so it’s a bit about finding what works for you.

    Insha Allah, when people have the right intention…they will achieve it and earn that special reward from Allah SWT only given to a believer who wants to commit a sin, but abstains.

  3. has helped millions to quit I would strong suggest it. JazakAllah

  4. just google “allen carl easy way to quit smoking” download its book or audio or anything… it really works 100%.. believe me!!!
    do reply me…after trying it k?

    regards from pakistan!

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