By: Wasim Ismail, quitshisha.com (Building Awareness about Effects of Shisha)

When you start to quit smoking Shisha for good, you need to know the ways to help you stay smoke free. Sometimes, people may claim that quitting smoking is really not a big deal. They say it when they have stopped smoking for a short while, maybe even just a day. But after several months, or even a day or two, they resume their previous smoking habits. You can prevent that from happening by being informed on how to deal with the struggle of quitting.

To increase your chances of success in becoming Shisha-free, you need to be motivated, have social support, an understanding of what to expect, and a personal quit plan. It is important to learn how to replace your smoking habits, manage your cravings, and join the millions of people who have kicked the habit of smoking Shisha for good. The best way to do so is to implement these 6 rules:

1. Remember the benefits of quitting Shisha

Review your reasons for quitting and think of all the benefits for your health, your finances, and most importantly your family. The longer time you quit, the longer you will benefit from not smoking. Even not smoking for 20 minutes will cause your blood pressure to return to normal. Your system will cleanse the carbon monoxide eight hours later. Lung capacity increases by 30 percent. Your risk of getting a heart attack reduces by 50 percent and your life expectancy will increase dramatically.

2. Recognize the temptation

Remind yourself that there is no such thing as just one smoke or even one puff. Even many years after quitting, you must recognize that you will still be tempted to smoke again because you know how great it was to smoke Shisha. The nicotine may be long gone from your body and you may not have a physical addiction to Shisha anymore, but the psychological addiction may remain for many years to come. Therefore, be ready when the temptation comes your way. Knowledge on how to handle this situation increases your chances to stay Shisha-free.

3. Replace smoking habit with a healthier one

Ride out the desire to smoke Shisha by trying a new habit. If you are worried about weight gain, put some energy into planning a healthy diet and finding ways to exercise and stay active. The desire to smoke just one Shisha session will go away. Since the behavioural habit was once there, you may feel the need to smoke Shisha in certain circumstances. You must recognize this and start taking proper actions to combat this trick of the mind. Be on guard and lead your brain.

4. Know the cause of relapse

Learning what circumstances cause you to smoke Shisha can assist you in your long-term quest to combat nicotine. For example, if you smoke Shisha due to excessive stress, find an alternative to release your stress. It may be in the form of exercise, meditation, or hobbies. Always find out what causes you to smoke and find an alternative for it. This way you will know what to do the next time it arises.

5. Get support from family and friends

Resort to the support from family and friends. If you have to, talk to somebody about your journey to quit smoking. If you have failed many times, tell them you are determined to quit smoking Shisha once and for all. Seek guidance from experts or get professional help such as counselling, if you need to.

6. Think positive

Be positive during this time of your life. Along the journey, you may relapse and pick up smoking again, but do not let this discourage you. There are many people who have only successfully given up the habit after 4 or 5 times of trying to quit. Do not think you have failed, instead, think that you need to be stronger next time.

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We all know the health risks of smoking Shisha, and most of us know that kicking the habit is the single biggest improvement to the health a smoker. But that doesn't make it any easier to kick the habit. It is not an easy journey, but it is not impossible either if you persevere. Whether you have just started Shisha smoking or have been smoking for years, it is never too late to quit.

Believe in yourself. Help yourself in the process to improve your health. Be smoke free for good. Remember that every day is a “Quit Smoking Shisha Day.” Never give up in your journey and keep your eyes on the goal: To finally be able to claim that victory of quitting Shisha, and be able to live a healthy and happy existence for many more years with you family and friends.

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  1. 6 Ways to Stay Shisha-Free | The Quit Stick

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  2. Young Muslimah

    Assalamu Alaykum.
    Wonderful post! I am in high school and just a few days ago this boy in my English class asked me to smoke Hookah with him. He didnt believe me when I told him its Haram and almost everyone in the class told me that its not going to kill me because I can opt for “nicotene-free.”
    May Allah protect us all.

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  3. Mohseen87

    Thank you for this. I’ve been an anti sheesha advocate for many years. A couple years ago some friends and I decided to go smoke sheesha. We thought it was harmless. My friend overdosed and giant a giant headache. I didn’t have a designated driver so I got pulled over for speeding on my way home and was forced to pay a fine and increased my insurance premiums. Sheesha is no joke, it ruins lives

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  4. Rommel

    Temptation is a great thing but sheer willpower is greater. Thank you for this post, great tips I might add. Be it a cigarette in the western world or sisha in the Middle East, there was never a great thing in smoking anyways. I have to agree, activity really gets your mind off it. A quick 20 minute Jog, a bike ride or any exercise routine is best – lots of benefits to reap too! Lastly, when temptation hits, just pray!

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  5. isn't it haram anyway?

    I’m of the opinion that shisha is haram as it is harmful to the body, the shisha with nicotene is haram anyway due to the intoxicating stuff, but even without, I think I’d class it as haram

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