Author: Dr. David Busby

You’ve probably heard of secondhand smoke endangering those living with smokers. When someone lights a cigarette in a closed room, everyone inhales the same dangerous smoke as the one puffing the cigarette.Think of it this way – there’s a reason for strict chimney regulations in the country. Any source of smoke, from leaves and wood to cigarettes, contains dangerous chemicals and carcinogens.Industrial workers must always wear protective equipment to ensure they don’t expose themselves to dangerous fumes, especially if they’re working in poorly ventilated areas.Let’s take a close look at the effects of secondhand smoke on the environment and anyone…

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Key takeaways Nicotine patches ease quitting with minimal side effects Side effects may include skin irritation, nausea, and insomnia. Higher heart rate only slightly possible with nicotine patches. Withdrawal after stopping patches varies individually. We’re pretty sure that right now, you’re looking for ways to ‘ease’ through the quitting process – which you’ve probably read is quite challenging for most smokers.Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is one of the best ways to make quitting smoking a lot smoother and more manageable. But the truth is, NRT doesn’t work for everyone, and patches may cause side effects after weeks of using them.In this…

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Key takeaways Smoking disrupts gut bacteria, impacting digestion and absorption. Reduced gut microbiome leads to IBS and digestive issues. Smoking causes constipation, heartburn, and hinders nutrient absorption. Frequent abdominal pains, IBS, and inflammation linked to smoking. Smoking heightens risks of ulcers, Crohn’s, and stomach cancer. For some smokers, it feels satisfying to light up a stick right after you’ve eaten lunch or dinner. The fullness feels much more ‘complete’ after you take that first hit and exhale.While you’re enjoying the sensations, your body isn’t agreeable with the smoke you’ve just inhaled. We’ve seen how smoking can harm your stomach. For some…

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Key takeaways Smoking harms teeth, gums; quitting improves oral health. Better breathing, lung capacity after quitting smoking. Hair thickens, improves post-smoking cessation. Quitting enhances facial skin, reduces premature aging. NRT and NVPs aid smoking cessation journey. Smoking is a hard habit to shake off, even after knowing the damage caused by tobacco smoke to your lungs, stomach, and blood.Even if the damage has been done after years or decades of smoking, you’ll experience plenty of improvements to your physical, mental and emotional state after you successfully quit.In this post, let’s talk about the state of your body before and after…

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Key takeaways Nicotine vaping offers financial and health benefits2 Many smokers switch to vaping due to health concerns and rising cigarette costs Legal vaping products from pharmacies are safer Illegal products are risky and potentially harmful Quitting smoking can save thousands of dollars Smoking is one of the most preventable burdens worldwide in terms of health and finances. Many smokers suffer from various ailments brought on by chemicals in the smoke. In addition to the health expenses they would incur from cigarette smoking, smokers will also have to deal with the increasing taxes on cigarettes – the Australian government’s mandate that…

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Key takeaways Smoking’s false relaxation leads to real harm. Smoking effects accumulate, visible after 5 years. Respiratory issues, reduced lung function in 5 years. Cancer risk, compromised immune system in 10 years. Severe consequences, deteriorating health in 15 years. Most people smoke because they believe it relaxes them or gives them great relief from the stresses of life – something that’s quite untrue. But, the consequences of smoking are very real, severe, and lethal. You only need to look at the packaging warning labels on cigarette packs to know how tobacco smoke affects your lungs, stomach, skin, heart, and other organs.…

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Key takeaways Common muscle and joint pain after quitting. Pain sensitivity increases after quitting smoking. Smoking-related inflammation can cause joint pain. Fatigue and tiredness are common symptoms. Relief methods include pain meds, staying active. You’ve done it. You’ve embarked on a journey towards wellness by stopping smoking. Congratulations!While many quit-smoking aids can make the journey easier, such as nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products and pharmacy-sold nicotine vaping products (NVPs), it’s important to remember your body is still adjusting to the absence of nicotine.Nicotine is an addictive chemical that makes you want to light a stick. Depending on how long you’ve…

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Key takeaways Hydrogen cyanide impairs body’s oxygenation, causing disorders. Lead, a metal, affects nervous and cognitive systems. Arsenic, used in industry, leads to liver cirrhosis. Ammonia irritates lungs and potentially enhances addiction. Carbon monoxide causes dizziness, memory loss, confusion. Smoking is highly addictive because of nicotine – although this is a relatively harmless chemical, it keeps tempting you to light another stick and inhale all the other bad chemicals.Each cigarette contains thousands of chemicals that are dangerous to your lungs, stomach, blood, and other organs in various ways. Smoking is also a major cause of cancer – each stick contains…

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Key takeaways Smoking and eyesight: A concealed threat to vision health. Cataracts: Smoking accelerates cloudy lens formation. Faster AMD development in smokers. Inflamed uveas and retinal damage risks in smokers. Nicotine’s diuretic effect and smoke-related risks Dry Eye Syndrome. Unknown to many, smoking can indeed impair a smoker’s vision, and it’s not just because the smoke gets in your eyes (though that does negatively affect your eyes too).Cigarette smoke contains 7,000 chemicals, with over 69 of these known to be carcinogenic. Each time a smoker inhales this smoke, they not only risk damage to their eyes, but also their stomach,…

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Key takeaways Smoking harms iron levels; risks anemia development. Iron deficiency from smoking weakens immune function. Cigarette chemicals hinder vital blood production nutrients. Quitting smoking aids iron absorption, boosts overall health. Weakened immune system, lung risks tied to iron deficiency. Thinking about your iron levels lately? Like most people, we don’t always remember to stop and think about things like this.But, if you’ve been a smoker for quite some time, you should definitely be asking yourself, “Does smoking affect my iron levels?” or “can smoking cause anemia?”Smokers are at the highest risk of suffering iron deficiency-related conditions due to smoking, along…

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