Healthdirect Free Australian health advice you can count on.

Medical problem? Call 1800 022 222. If you need urgent medical help, call triple zero immediately

healthdirect Australia is a free service where you can talk to a nurse or doctor who can help you know what to do.

beginning of content

Search results for: "Tobacco smoking"

Passive smoking and vaping

Passive smoke and vapour can damage your health if you breathe it in, especially for babies, children and pregnant women. Learn about the risks.

Read more

Smoking and pregnancy

Find out how smoking affects your fertility and pregnancy, and why quitting smoking will improve your health and give your baby the best start in life.

Read more

Medicines to treat nicotine dependence

Learn how over the counter and prescription medicines, along with professional quit smoking services, can help you to quit smoking.

Read more

Quitting smoking and vaping

Quitting smoking and vaping will improve your health and reduce any health risks, such as cancer. Learn about the different methods like NRT.

Read more

How to talk to your kids about vaping

1 in 5 people aged 18–24 years (non-smokers) have tried vapes. Learn the facts about vaping and how to talk to your kids it.

Read more

Obesity at conception linked to pregnancy complications

Women should lose weight before getting pregnant if they're obese or overweight, experts say, as excess weight at conception is linked to pregnancy complications.

Read more


Vaping can cause harm to your health. There are laws in place about buying vapes and where you can use them. Learn more.

Read more


Most coughs are caused by viruses which inflame the throat, airways or lungs. Here are some tips to relieve a chesty, dry or persistent cough.

Read more

Meningococcal disease

Meningococcal disease is a serious infection that can develop very quickly – find out about the symptoms and when to get medical attention.

Read more

GORD (reflux)

Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) is caused by stomach acid rising in your food pipe. Learn more about symptoms and treatments for GORD.

Read more

Healthdirect 24hr 7 days a week hotline

24 hour health advice you can count on

1800 022 222

Government Accredited with over 140 information partners

We are a government-funded service, providing quality, approved health information and advice

Australian Government, health department logo ACT Government logo New South Wales government, health department logo Northen Territory Government logo Queensland Government logo Government of South Australia, health department logo Tasmanian government logo Victorian government logo Government of Western Australia, health department logo

Healthdirect Australia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to the Traditional Owners and to Elders both past and present.