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Cigarette substitutes: how safe or effective are the alternatives to tobacco?

Alternatives to cigarettes, such as e-cigarettes (vaping), are available, but just how safe are these smoking substitutes? Can they help you quit?

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Quit tobacco and you'll breathe easy

According to the World Health Organization, tobacco products were responsible for 3.3 million lung disease-related deaths worldwide in 2017.

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E-cigarettes (vaping)

E-cigarettes (vaping) are battery-operated devices designed to look and feel like cigarettes, cigars or similar. Vaping has been linked to serious health problems.

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Quitting smoking

As soon as you quit smoking, your body starts to repair itself — and there are other benefits of giving up too, including for others. Find out how to quit here.

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Smoking and pregnancy

Find out how quitting smoking will improve your health and give your baby the best start in life.

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Passive smoking

Passive or second-hand smoking occurs when a non-smoker involuntarily breathes in smoke from other people's cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars or pipes.

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Melatonin

Melatonin is a hormone produced in the brain. It controls the body’s night and day cycles. Learn more here, including how melatonin levels can be adjusted.

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Heart palpitations

If you become suddenly aware of your heartbeat, especially if it's faster or harder, you could be having palpitations. Learn how to spot the signs and the causes of heart palpitations.

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What is addiction?

This article describes the types, causes and signs of addiction, and where to get help.

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Insomnia

Insomnia - leading to poor concentration or mood changes – affects one third of Australians at some point. Good sleep habits and lifestyle changes may help.

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