Author: Dr. David Busby

In late 2021, the Australian government made some changes to the rules around accessing nicotine. While nicotine has always been available in the form of cigarettes and other tobacco products, it used to be a lot more complex to access nicotine for use in e-cigarettes.More recently, in May 2023, the Department of Health and Aged Care has declared nicotine vaping products (NVPs) not sold from pharmacies to be illegal.  The new guidelines state that it would:stop the import of non-prescription vapes;increase the minimum quality standards for vapes including by restricting flavours, colours, and other ingredients;require pharmaceutical-like packaging;reduce the allowed nicotine concentrations and…

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Secondary and tertiary education can be the most exciting part of anyone’s academic life. In this period, students are much more immersed in their studies and form opinions and ideas on their topics of interest. Unfortunately, it is during secondary and tertiary learning periods that many students become curious about (and are exposed to) certain ‘items of curiosity’. Among the many substances in this category are cigarettes.In this post, we’ll take a look at the relationship between smoking and academic performance, and why quitting is the best course for any secondary and tertiary school student.The Physiological Impact of Smoking on Cognitive…

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Key takeaways Tasmania bans non-prescribed vaping products outside pharmacies. Vaping surged due to illegal nicotine vaping products Legal NVPs for smoking cessation prescription-only from pharmacies March 1, 2024: Non-prescribed NVPs illegal in Tasmania. NVP prescriptions available for both motivated smokers and former illegal vapers The news has probably reached you that Tasmania – and the entire country for that matter –  has started to crack down on all non-therapeutic nicotine vaping products (NVPs). That is, any non-prescribed vaping product sold outside of a pharmacy, such as those you’ve likely seen in tobacconists and corner stores.So, are vapes banned in Tasmania? Can…

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Key takeaways Counselling provides support, tools, and techniques. Behavioural therapy helps manage addiction triggers. Cognitive-behavioural approaches address smoking as learned behavior. GPs help build motivation and resilience. Effective communication strategies build trust and progress. As they say, “multiple hands get the job done faster”. Most certainly, someone constantly pushing you on is far more motivating and can be far more successful than doing it all on your own.This principle is the core of any smoking cessation counselling session – to help you remain mindful, focused, and determined to stop smoking for good. And, GPs won’t just provide aid through communication…

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Key takeaways Quitting smoking starts with recognizing the need. Coping strategies and support systems are crucial. Nicotine replacement therapies offer effective solutions. Celebrate small victories to stay motivated. Smokefree Clinic provides resources for quitting. Anyone can say ‘I can quit smoking.’ In fact, some people can go an entire day without feeling any difficult withdrawal symptoms.But once the second day begins, most smokers start to feel the enormous hit of anxiety and stress that follows. However, as soon as you realise that pushing onward despite the withdrawals is the key to quitting, you’re setting yourself up for success. More importantly, you…

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By the time you’re reading this, you’re already familiar with nicotine vaping products (NVPs) or vapes – with the way they’re sold almost anywhere (and the news talking about them), you know they’re touted as the ‘healthier’ substitute for cigarettes.There is some truth to vapes being much more favourable than cigarettes. Unlike cigarettes, vapes do not produce any smoke, which is the primary cause of health problems in cigarettes as it contains aldehydes, cadmium, and arsenic – chemicals dangerous to the body. Even so, there are a few caveats as to why secondhand vape could have possible harms. Let’s explore them…

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Even though the ears aren’t directly used to consume tobacco (we hope), smoking can still cause major damage to them alongside your lungs, heart, and other parts of your body.If you think about it, the ears are pretty close to your nose, mouth, and eyes – the parts of your body directly affected by chemicals in cigarette smoke. As any eyes-ears-nose-and-throat (EENT) GP will tell you – what affects any one of these organs also causes a reaction in the other ones.In this post, let’s see how smoking can cause hearing loss.Can Smoking Contribute to Hearing Loss?As you might have…

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Key takeaways Smoking leads to arteriosclerosis – thickening arteries’ walls Chemicals in smoke increase LDL cholesterol levels. Smoking causes inflammatory responses and arterial damage. Oxidative stress from smoking stiffens arteries. It impacts blood flow and vascular function. If smoking can affect your heart and vascular system, it can most certainly affect your arteries. These tube-like structures are responsible for blood flow inside your body – think of them as the main thoroughfares transporting nutrients everywhere.Now, imagine how smoking’s dangerous chemicals can cause damage to these highways and the traffic it can cause. Smoking is a primary factor for developing arteriosclerosis…

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Key takeaways Smoking once a year seems harmless, but addiction can form habits. Immediate exposure to smoke carries health risks Once-a-year smokers light up still at risk of addiction Light smoking still causes permanent damage Physiological impact depends on individual factors. Smoking once a year seems harmless enough. After all, you’re not forming a dangerous habit and are just going for a ‘one-off’ naughty little day of smoking – surely that won’t affect your life for the long term, right? For most smokers, addiction and habit formation leads to ingrained gestures that are hard to break and only tempt them to…

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Key takeaways Smoking harms those with diabetes due to chemicals Smoking spikes blood sugar, endangering diabetics. Smoking hinders collagen formation, delaying recovery. Family history of diabetes? Quit smoking. Smoking affects insulin, quit for better health. Let’s make it clear from the start, smoking can cause harm to anyone with diabetes with its dangerous chemicals.Smoking and insulin resistance have a poor relationship with each other. Smoking can cause your blood sugar levels to spike, which can endanger any smoker diagnosed with diabetes.So, if your family has a history of diabetes or you’re concerned about the effects of smoking on insulin resistance,…

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