Author: Dr. David Busby

Key takeaways Smoke-free laws protect environment and individuals Smoking restrictions vary by state and territory Penalties for breaking laws can be severe Designated smoking areas are strictly enforced Smoke-free laws also apply to universities and workplaces Following the letter and spirit of the law is the sign of a civilized and cohesive society. It also ensures you don’t get in trouble – it definitely pays to know the laws you might be treading upon.For regular smokers, understanding Australia’s smoke free laws ensures they won’t get in trouble whenever they light a cigarette. These laws protect the environment, non-smokers, and even…

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Key takeaways Nicotine vaping products (NVPs) aid smokers. Transitioning to vaping may induce side effects. Stomach problems like bloating can occur. Dehydration exacerbates gas and bloating symptoms. Consultation with a GP is essential. Many GPs attest to the efficacy of nicotine vaping products (NVPs) as they observe how motivated smokers under their care have found it easier to quit tobacco and use the tool as a smoking cessation product.However, if you’ve gone through nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and want to start vaping, you may feel some side effects your first time using it as a part of a smoking cessation…

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Key takeaways Tobacco cultivation is illegal in Australia without a valid excise license. Obtaining an excise license is challenging due to strict requirements and conditions. The excise duty on tobacco serves as a deterrent for consumption The decline of tobacco farming in Australia influenced by health, imports Government policies aimed to reduce tobacco farming and consumption successful despite challenges We all know that tobacco is a highly addictive product that can cause various health problems when smoked or consumed. It’s not surprising that it’s the leading cause of preventable death in Australia, killing more than 15,000 people every year.Aside from…

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Key takeaways Smoking affects medication efficacy in various ways. Cigarette smoke interacts negatively with helpful chemicals. Antipsychotics, antidepressants, and hypnotics may require higher dosages. Smoking rapidly metabolizes antidepressant medication, reducing its effectiveness. Insulin resistance and vascular damage impact diabetes treatment. For most of us, we tend to treat medications like a guaranteed solution to the symptoms we currently feel. While medical professionals know exactly what to prescribe, it only means they know, based on previous cases, that there’s a good probability the medication will take effect.But, by introducing factors that are known (or unknown) to counteract the medication, we may…

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Key takeaways Smoking Can Delay Healing Process of Dry Sockets Cigarette Smoke Causes Poor Blood Clotting After Extraction Dry Socket Symptoms Include Pain and Infection Post-Extraction Care: Avoid Smoking for Faster Healing Quitting Smoking Vital for Long-term Oral Health No one wants to go through a tooth extraction. But, the relief from removing a problematic tooth and preventing potential further dental issues makes it well worth the trouble. If cared for properly, the socket should have a good clot that heals within a few weeks. However, it doesn’t always go as smoothly due to dry sockets.In fact, people who have been…

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Key takeaways Smoking diminishes body hydration, causing lethargy. Nicotine’s diuretic effect leads to dehydration symptoms. Hot weather and caffeine worsen smoking-induced dehydration. Quitting smoking enhances hydration and skin appearance. Nicotine replacement aids quitting while managing dehydration. Many people are aware of the harmful effects of smoking on their health, but most might not know how it throws off your body’s hydration levels.When the water levels in the body decrease, you might feel lethargic, unusually tired, and feel dizzy at times. Let’s look at how smoking makes you feel dehydrated and how to manage your hydration levels after quitting smoking in today’s…

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Key takeaways Tobacco smoke weakens the respiratory system. Smoke causes the body’s immune system to reduce effectiveness Smoking can lead to chronic sinusitis. Chemicals in smoke hinders the body’s healing process. Are the chemicals in cigarette smoke enough to cause swollen glands or irritate the lymph nodes?Most smokers, especially those who have consumed tobacco for a long time, might feel the glands on the side of the neck a bit harder and more pronounced. The lymph nodes activate the immune system once the latter acts on a threat. It’s not surprising that smoking has something to do with the swelling of…

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Key takeaways Social smoking driven by peer pressure, belongingness. Even occasional smoking poses health risks. Nicotine addiction can be tackled mindfully. NRT and NVPs helpful in quitting smoking. Support from friends aids in quitting efforts. Most people have their first encounter with cigarette smoking after a friend or classmate in their younger years had invited them. For smokers that start a bit later in life, it’s often because many of their close associates are doing it – you’re not ‘part of the tribe’ if you aren’t smoking socially.Some ‘luckier’ smokers only associate lighting a cigarette whenever they’re out drinking with friends.…

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Key takeaways Australia’s health campaigns spotlight smoking’s hidden threat. Toxic trails of thirdhand smoke pose risks unseen. Residual hazards linger on surfaces Thirdhand smoke endangers children, pets, and even non-smokers. Quit smoking to avoid firsthand, secondhand, and thirdhand risks. In recent years, Australia has witnessed a surge in public health campaigns, bringing attention to the hazards of smoking and the risks associated with secondhand smoke. However, there’s a lesser-known effect of cigarette smoking that often lurks in the shadows: thirdhand smoking. Instead of being inhaled by a smoker (firsthand) or a non-smoker near someone who’s smoking (secondhand), thirdhand smoking leaves behind a…

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Key takeaways Smoking increases the likelihood of premature hair loss. Nicotine constricts blood vessels, limiting nutrient supply. Hormonal imbalances from smoking impact hair follicles. Oxidative stress caused by smoking harms hair quality. Weakened immune response due to smoking affects follicles. Beautiful hair isn’t just the result of proper care and everyday washing – it’s the result of taking care of your body for years. A diet that provides the vitamins and minerals your body and hair needs (like zinc, iron, vitamin D, and protein) will ensure it’s always in good shape.However, if you’re regularly lighting a ciggie, chances are your…

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