Author: Dr. David Busby

Key takeaways Smoking and drinking are closely linked, impacting quitting. Combined, they elevate cancer risks and immediate issues. Movies and media often portray both habits enticingly. To quit successfully, overcome challenges with baby steps. Create a supportive environment, change routines, seek help. If you feel that you could probably stop smoking if you also quit drinking, you’re not alone. In fact, many smokers have the best chance of kicking their smoking habit by eliminating their drinking habit, too.Many studies have shown a strong link between smoking and drinking. People who have stopped after a year can relapse after attending a…

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Key takeaways Nicotine pouches ease withdrawals, replacing tobacco cravings. Plant-based fibers and sweeteners mask nicotine taste. Insert pouch between cheek and gum easily. Inspired by 18th-century Snus, pouches lack evidence. NRT products, like gums, more effective substitutes. When quitting smoking, motivated people have the most difficulty dealing with their withdrawals and cravings for nicotine, the addictive chemical in tobacco. In most cessation programs, nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products can ease these withdrawals, but many ex-smokers have also found nicotine pouches effective in addressing cravings.You’ve probably heard of nicotine pouches and Snus and asked “Do they really work?”. In today’s post, you’ll…

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Key takeaways Pharmacy vapes: Safe, tested, and medically supported. Cochrane Review supports nicotine vapes for quitting. Pharmacy vapes differ—regulated, safe, and insured. Illicit vapes: dangers, lack of standards, profits. Cost-effective pharmacy vapes save, support quitting journey. You’ve likely heard quite a bit in the media recently on vaping products and the issues surrounding youth vaping. But, what hasn’t been mentioned very much is the availability of high-quality responsible vapes at local pharmacies that are specifically for adults looking to quit smoking.Unlike the potentially dangerous ‘recreational’ products sold illegally in convenience stores, pharmacy vapes are specifically designed for smoking cessation, are…

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Key takeaways Hypnotherapy, acupuncture, and aversive conditioning have low to unknown effects Mindfulness, meditation, and nicotine vaping as alternatives. NVPs considered after NRT has failed. Strong motivation is crucial for quitting smoking. Healthy lifestyle choices, support groups, and GP consultations. People motivated to quit need all the help they can get. Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) such as patches and sprays are marketed widely, and with a GP’s guidance they may give quitters a good chance of quitting successfully.But, you might be wondering: are there any other alternatives to the typical smoking addiction treatment available?Indeed, there are.In this article, we’ll look…

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Key takeaways Meditation’s role in quitting smoking: A guide. Stress reduction through guided meditation techniques. Enhanced self-control: A benefit of regular meditation. Mindfulness in quitting: Predicting and controlling actions. Improved concentration during nicotine withdrawal with meditation. Meditation, a practice that’s over 7,000 years old, can help calm you during stressful situations, improve your mindfulness, and keep you calm and collected. Will an activity urging you to concentrate away from your jumbled feelings and thoughts help you quit smoking? Many GPs and smoking cessation groups can attest to meditation’s contribution to quitting smoking. It has been found that meditating while going through…

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Key takeaways Six stages of quitting smoking progression. Action stage is toughest, demands willpower. Coping methods include NRT, counseling, mindfulness. Support groups and journaling can help. Professional help is available for support. Did you know that there are six stages of quitting smoking?Here’s what they typically look like:Pre-Contemplation: People in this stage don’t really have any plans to quit smoking, perhaps discouraged from previous attempts or a belief that they’ll never be able to, even if they try. They’ll likely defend their smoking behaviour and be unreceptive to anyone or anything telling them to quit. But eventually, the vast majority…

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Key takeaways Nicotine, a persistent craving that vaping tackles. Seek guidance, use vaping to quit smoking. Controlled nicotine doses ease withdrawal symptoms effectively. Replace old habits with harm-free NVPs. In Australia, legal NVPs available only at pharmacies. Nicotine is an addictive chemical you can’t easily shake off from your system. It’s the biggest reason quitters, even those who have stopped smoking for 12 months or more, feel the urge to light a cigarette.Fortunately, it’s possible to use vaping to stop smoking as long as you’re under the guidance of a professional.Nicotine vaping products (NVPs) can reduce nicotine’s effects, especially strong cravings…

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Key takeaways Quitting presents irritable, distracted, and nauseous challenges. Withdrawal symptoms, cravings are hurdles in quitting. Relapse common, even among long-term ex-smokers. Body craves nicotine after initial quitting excitement. Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products help gradually. Coping with nicotine withdrawal is probably the biggest hurdle anyone quitting smoking faces. Anyone who succeeded in quitting smoking will likely mention they felt irritable, distracted, and even physically sick. It can go like this – a smoker decides that today is the day they quit and throw away their last pack of cigarettes. They remain confident and excited for the first few hours, but…

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If you have the right kind of support for anything, it’s easy to motivate yourself to do your best. For many smokers looking to quit, a supportive environment makes it much easier to kick the habit and the immense challenges of nicotine withdrawal and cravings.What does a supportive environment look like? It starts at home with family members who want to create a smokefree environment to help you. Even those who smoke in your family will stop doing it in front of you – they might even feel inspired to quit because of you.Friends who support someone quitting smoking ensure…

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Key takeaways Secondhand smoke poses dangers to children’s well-being. Parents who smoke risk respiratory issues in children. Smoke exposure affects sense of smell development. Children may experience delayed cognitive and physical development. Risks include bronchitis, pneumonia, and childhood asthma. All parents want to keep their children safe from harm. As a parent, you want to make sure they become the best they can be in your care.Parents who smoke cigarettes do have the same love and care for their children, but if they can’t stop smoking, they’re endangering their children. The many hazardous chemicals in cigarette smoke can cause irreparable…

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