Over the last couple of months I discovered my hijab story. Mind you, this story only developed 7 years after having taken up the hijab and 10 months after having taken it off. Nothing about my years in hijab were traumatic that caused me to dismiss my faith and throw away my beautiful pieces of cloth in a rage-full dismissal of my faith. I actually still wrap my old headscarf around my neck or arms, reveling in their comfort on a daily basis. What changed was the issue of representation.
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Public health: Influence of Islam on smoking among Muslims
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When I publicly smoked as a hijabi, I felt like a hypocrite
Smoking prevalence is generally high among Muslims. An awareness of their religious beliefs and rulings might increase the effectiveness of antismoking campaigns. A fifth of the world's population is Muslim, 1 and most Muslims live in areas where the prevalence of smoking is high and often increasing. Knowledge of Muslim religious beliefs and customs is important to understanding smoking behaviour and considering how best to deliver appropriate health promotional messages and interventions. The table summarises available data on smoking prevalence for the 30 countries with the highest proportion of Muslims, identified through the US Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook and IslamicWeb.
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