Health consultation ahead of Ramadan

Published Monday 9 June 2014 at 10:44

Blackburn with Darwen Council is hosting a public health consultation event this week.

The event at Shahi Qila Restaurant in Blackburn, on Wednesday June 11, will be held in association with the Lancashire Council of Mosques and will focus primarily on supporting smokers to quit ahead of Ramadan.

Over 80 delegates are expected to attend and will each be asked their views on how the Council can best target its free health services to improve the health of local South Asian Heritage residents, in particular to stop smoking before Ramadan and beyond.

The event will also invite delegates to share their share their views, thoughts and suggestions on what health issues they feel are important to tackle and how the Council can best engage with people around them.

The event is part of wider work to get people from all across the borough accessing local free health services, including the Council’s newly launched Wellbeing Service.

Councillor Mohammed Khan, Executive Member for Health and Adult Social Care, said:

“This event should give us some really strong feedback. Ramadan is an ideal time to start healthy habits. The health and financial benefits of quitting tobacco extend beyond a few weeks though as you greatly reduce your risk of lung cancer, heart disease and stroke. I really encourage smokers to contact the Stop Smoking Service and seek their help to quit for good.”

For further information on the stop smoking service, phone (01254) 587999 or email:

For a list of local stop smoking clinics visit:  and search ‘stop smoking service.’

You can find more information about the Wellbeing Service here

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