Author: Dr. David Busby

Key takeaways Smoker’s lungs heal after quitting smoking. Recovery takes about a year or more. Cilia regrow to clear tar and toxins. Short-term effects include improved circulation, breathing. Long-term recovery includes improved lung function. If you’ve been smoking for decades, you can bet your lungs aren’t in good shape. You’re probably breathing a lot harder after heading up a flight of stairs or struggling with a cough that just won’t go away.While you may think the damage is done and your lungs won’t get better, they will if you stop smoking – just not by tomorrow or the end of…

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Key takeaways March 2024: Ban of non-prescribed NVPs started in Queensland Low quality NVPs sold outside pharmacies now illegal Legal NVPs available from 2,200 pharmacies nationwide Prescription required for buying pharmacy NVPs New NVP regulations focus on smoking cessation You’ve likely heard that Queensland has cracked down on non-therapeutic nicotine vaping products (NVPs) – the unregulated ones sold by criminal parties in nearly every convenience store and tobacconist.So, are vapes getting banned in Queensland? No, they aren’t.Let’s delve into this below.An Expanding, Illegal Vape Market Let’s jump back into a bit of history.Vaping arrived in Australia around 2007 where it found…

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Key takeaways Non-prescribed vapes banned on 1 March 2024 New South Wales has responsible NVPs from pharmacies Nicotine prescriptions needed for buying pharmacy NVPs Only illegal NVPs sold outside from pharmacies banned Clearer pathway to reliable NVPs with regulation As you’ve likely heard in the media, there’s a nationwide crackdown on illegal vapes. These are the vapes you can see displayed in tobacconists and convenience stores.So, you might have asked, are vapes banned in New South Wales? Importantly, can I still purchase and use vaping products? Here’s everything you need to know.The Growing Harm of the Unregulated Vaping MarketLet’s jump back…

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Key takeaways 1 March 2024: Non-prescribed vapes banned in Victoria Illegal vapes have dangerous chemicals, high nicotine. Nicotine prescription required for purchasing NVPs. Legal vapes available from pharmacies for quitting. Over 2,200 pharmacies in Australia stock NVPs. You’ve probably heard the news about a vaping ban on all non-therapeutic nicotine vaping products (NVPs) in the country. To answer the question, “are vapes banned in Victoria?,” only non-prescription vapes not sold through pharmacies are being banned. These are the typical vapes you’ve mostly seen in groceries and convenience stores, and they’re being banned for very good reason.Here’s all that you need to…

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Key takeaways NVPs sold outside pharmacies illegal in South Australia since 1 March 2024 Illegal vapes have dangerous chemicals, high nicotine. Legal vapes available from pharmacies for cessation. Nicotine prescription required for purchasing pharmacy NVPs. Over 2,200 pharmacies in Australia stock NVPs. With all of the media chatter and confusion recently you may be wondering, “are vapes banned in South Australia?“.In a nutshell, no, but with some caveats – only non-prescribed nicotine vaping products (NVPs) sold outside a pharmacy are banned in South Australia, and the entire country for that matter.If you’re wondering about the vape ban in South Australia…

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Key takeaways Cigarette ash is a health hazard Smoking outdoors contributes to air pollution Ash harms soil and plants Children and pets can ingest the ash from indoor smoking Quitting smoking benefits health and the environment Cigarette ash is an aspect of smoking you may barely notice, and likely just consider it a bit of a nuisance when you do. But, aside from the deadly smoke inhaled from every cigarette, cigarette ash can be extremely dangerous to your health and the health of others.In this post, we’ll discuss more about the dangers of cigarette ash, including to yourself, pets, children,…

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Key takeaways Smoking accelerates stomach acid production, causing discomfort. Impaired mucosal lining leads to inflammation and irritation. Increased vulnerability to irritants like alcohol and caffeine. Smoking is a major risk factor for ulcers. Quitting smoking can alleviate stomach issues. Feeling a bit ‘aerated’ lately? Usually, once the human body begins digesting food, the stomach produces gas that travels through the large intestine and exits… beyond that. But, can smoking also produce the same effect? Can smoking cause more stomach gas production?In today’s post, let’s learn if cigarettes may be at least part of the reason you’ve been feeling quite gassy lately.Impact…

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Key takeaways Nicotine affects sleep due to adrenaline. Withdrawal symptoms may disrupt sleep patterns. Timing vaping with sleep schedule can help. Reduce stress, alcohol, caffeine, and screen time. Consult a GP for personalized advice. Nicotine vaping products (NVPs) are helpful in stopping smoking on your quit journey with a GP. While it can help prevent you from smoking tobacco, this device still contains nicotine – a relatively harmless chemical that is known to affect sleep.So, does vaping affect sleep? Will the body adapt and get better at sleeping over time while vaping? Let’s learn more about it in this post.How Does…

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Key takeaways Many seniors continue to smoke and believe ‘it’s too late’ to stop Still plenty of health benefits for motivated senior smokers to quit True relaxation, financial freedom among benefits of stopping Seniors must stick with responsible pharmacy NVPs and GPs to quit. Coming from a different time where the harms of cigarettes weren’t so commonly known, it’s no surprise that Australia’s older generation continues to smoke daily, after having done so since their teenage years in many cases. According to a survey conducted by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare in 2022, 16% of Australians aged between 55…

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Key takeaways Nicotine overdose is rare for smokers, but still possible. Amount of nicotine to cause overdose still undetermined Nicotine ingestion, not inhalation, more likely to cause overdose Vomiting, headaches, and diarrhoea common symptoms Quitting smoking prevents possibility of nicotine overdose Nicotine overdose or poisoning is always possible for anyone consuming nicotine, including cigarette smokers, users of nicotine vaping products (NVPs), and even users of nicotine replacement therapies (NRT) like patches, sprays and gums.If you’re a nicotine user, it’s important to know how nicotine overdose happens and how to prevent it.Let’s take a closer look at this topic in today’s…

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