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In the month of Ramadan, Muslims abstain from eating, drinking and tobacco use during daylight hours. Observing a period of temporary tobacco abstinence each day could mean that tobacco users naturally reduce their consumption, making this a potential opportunity to intervene and enhance the likelihood of complete cessation.

The aim of this DPhil will be to explore faith-based interventions for tobacco use cessation and potential ways to harness short-term naturalistic behaviour change to maximise the chances of enduring change.

It will include a systematic review of faith-based tobacco cessation interventions; an observational study investigating changes in tobacco-use among Muslim smokers during Ramadan and their associations with nicotine dependence and quitting; and a qualitative exploration of smokers’ perceptions of smoking and quitting during and following Ramadan. This work will inform the design and implementation of faith-based tobacco cessation methods.

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