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Scare stories about the dangers of vaping don’t help raise awareness about the dangers

Surprising as it may seem to some, I don’t think any of the current nonsense being spouted in the media about the recent deaths of some who indulge in vaping are in any way helpful in raising the level of awareness of the ticking time bomb that is the REAL hazard of this habit. I’m not even going to venture into various myths being created, such as lists including claims that ‘Second-hand vape is as dangerous as second-hand tobacco smoke’. Um… vape is NOT smoke. As I said, nonsense is NOT helpful! These stupid lists and claims just obscure serious issues.

Most of the stories being spread by the media fail to address the key issue of those deaths, in that they tend NOT to involve over-the-counter products, but vaping with substances which are sourced and added by some users. Those substances are neither reliable in their source, content, or concentration, or have been subject to any proper evaluation as to their effects on the body, and the results are, sadly, all to evident.

The timing couldn’t be worse for real world, responsible research into this habit, which is still too new for anyone to know if it, or is not damaging to health.

Good old tobacco was around for decades, with the medical evidence suppressed and ignored for years, in days when doctors would happily endorse brands as being ‘healthy’ in return for sponsorship (money).

Nowadays, people are not so dumb, but are subject to bombardment by Conspiracy Theorists, free to peddle all sorts of nonsense as if it were true thanks to Freedom of Speech, yet with no research or facts behind them, just assertion – and, of course, claims that they are the only source of ‘The Truth, since it is being suppressed.

I’m afraid you don’t really have to think too hard to work out that vaping, especially in extreme, just isn’t going to be healthy.

I’ve never come across tales of people come out of ANY place filled with fumes and being fine.

But, vape appears to be magic, and not have any bad effects.

That’s remarkable – I wonder if it has anything to do with tobacco companies being behind many vaping systems and their materials, and of course, nicotine additives. The more of that they sell, the more their revenues rise.

Here’s MY conspiracy theory – ‘they’ are pushing the ‘No health issues’ now, so they can do the same as they did with tobacco, and keep the lawsuits etc at bay for as long as possible.

Or, to put it another way – how long do you think a company (like, say, Amazon or Apple) would be able to make its employees work in vape-filled factories before the workers, and their unions, would be submitting multi-billions dollar lawsuits against them for “Damaging and ruining their health”?

Here’s a few of the stories that have appeared recently.

The media favourites first…

Vaping deaths: 6 people have died from an unknown illness ‘linked to e-cigarettes’ – but no one is sure why

What’s behind a vaping illness outbreak in the US?

And now the ones that are probably serious, but were overshadowed by the more sensational ones above.

Convenient? A fan of Conspiracy Theories might think so 😉

Scientists still don’t know the full health risks of vaping

Menthol e-cigarettes ‘pose bigger health risk than previously thought’

Vaping could harm fertility and delay conception, study on mice finds

While these quote the deaths, its underlying message is a serious one.

UK criticised for policy on flavoured vaping that could recruit children to smoking

Vaping deaths: ‘A new generation of nicotine addicts’



17/09/2019 Posted by | Civilian | , , , | Leave a comment

Kitten dies after being dumped with family in cage near A71

The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after three cats were found abandoned inside a cage on Allanton Road in Shotts, North Lanarkshire, last Monday.

The mother cat and her two kittens were riddled with fleas and had numerous health issues.

One of the kittens was too sick to recover, and had to be put to sleep.

Animal rescue officer Dawn Juma said: “The female cat was found with her two offspring inside a cage off the A71.

“They had been left on the eastbound side of the road heading in the Edinburgh direction.

“We are very grateful to the person who alerted us to the cats and stayed with them until we arrived.

Abandoning an animal is an offence under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006.

Anyone found guilty of doing so can expect to be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period or life.

If you have any information, call the Scottish SPCA’s confidential helpline on 03000 999 999.

Kitten dumped with family in cage had to be put to sleep

Abandoned - The cats were riddled with fleas - Pic credit Scottish SPCA

Abandoned – The cats were riddled with fleas – Pic credit Scottish SPCA

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Six-week-old kitten dumped in Milton bin

In a deliberate act of animal cruelty, a six-week-old ginger and white kitten was stuffed into a paper bag and dumped in a bin on Ashgill Road, Milton.

While I don’t support the sort of witch-hunt called for by some when animals are dumped at shelters, the obviously no similarity between that and instances where people deliberately hide animals in places of danger, with the clear of aim of having someone unwittingly injure or kill them.

An appeal has been launched after a kitten was discovered inside a bin on a Glasgow North street.

The Scottish SPCA was alerted to the incident after a passer-by on Ashgill Road heard the young cat in distress on Wednesday, September 11.

The male, ginger and white kitten, who is around six weeks old, was found inside a white paper bag in a big.

Now, the Scottish SPCA is calling for anyone with information about the incident to come forward.

Animal rescue officer Ryan Cannon said: “The kitten was discovered inside a white paper bag in a bin.

“The bin is on Ashgill Road near the bus stop at Scaraway Street in the Milton area.

“He is a male, ginger and white kitten and we estimate he is around six weeks old. At this age, he should still be with his mum.

“We are thankful the member of the public heard the kitten’s cries. Who knows what would have happened if he hadn’t been found.

“He is now receiving the care he needs at one of our animal rescue and rehoming centres.

“Someone deliberately put this kitten in the bin and we want to find out what happened.

“If anyone has any information, we would urge them to call our confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.”

Six week old kitten found abandoned in bin on Glasgow street

So, let’s identify who this was, and turn them in (before they start doing the same to children one day).

Abandoning an animal is an offence under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006, with anyone found guilty of doing so facing a ban from keeping animals for a fixed period or life.

Appeal - The little kitten was dumped in a bin Pic credit Scottish SPCA

Appeal – The little kitten was dumped in a bin Pic credit Scottish SPCA

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Glasgow’s not the place it used to be

Glasgow’s going soft. ‘No Mean City’ seems to be not so ‘mean’ these days.

Then again, it’s also said to be friendly too, so who knows?

With recent stories of vandals/neds breaking into charity shops and community centres (and even breaking up play centres created for disadvantaged children) for little more than the ‘fun’ of trashing the places and destroying donated items, I’ve been surprised at the number of locations where I come across, in apparently deserted spots, where presumably homeless (or maybe wandering) people have left all their possession unattended.

As I wander around, I find such stashes in places ranging from full public view from busy places, to other spots which are hidden from view in isolated locations with little footfall.

Given the way some kids seem to be drawn to anything left unattended, and either trash it or steal it, I find this surprising – or am I missing some secret code, or general awareness that these are ‘stings’ or traps, with the owner nearby, ready to pounce and beat anyone who touches their goodies to within an inch of their life?

This is one such example, which I recorded some time ago as I passed it on repeated occasions, noting how the goodies remained untouched for weeks, presumably until the owner moved on. When I say ‘some time ago’ I don’t even mean this year, so no good going there if you think you can get some freebies – the spot is long vacated.

Interesting underpass

Interesting underpass

On different days, it looks different.

All that stuff just left lying, and nobody around.

Interesting underpass

Interesting underpass

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