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E-cigs the easy way out

  • Written by Dennis F. Fetalino
  • Published in Opinion
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Ped xing

Having a hard time slaying the stubborn beast in the toxic mist?

Lay down your lethal weapons and try this non-conventional, non-traditional approach.

E-cigarettes have taken over as the method of choice for UK smokers wanting to quit their deadly habit.

And as e-cigarettes become more popular, the success rate for smokers quitting is rising to new heights.

It is notoriously difficult for smokers to go “cold turkey” and public health authorities in the UK have been encouraging smokers to try e-cigarettes as an easier alternative. Vaping, says Public Health England (and many other UK public health and medical authorities), is at least 95 percent safer than smoking but enables users to continue to use nicotine without the dangers that come from burning tobacco.

Statistics just released by PHE show that 40 percent (1,027,000) of the 2.5 million smokers who tried to quit in 2015 did so with assistance of e-cigarettes, making them clearly the most popular means of getting away from cigarettes. That is more than three times as many as those using a local stop smoking service and 30 percent more than those using nicotine gum or patches.

Half a million smokers succeeded in quitting in 2015, hailed by PHE as the highest recorded success rate ever.
“E-cigarettes, which many smokers find helpful for quitting, are now regulated to assure their safety and quality,” said Dr. Gina Radford, Deputy Chief Medical Officer.
Factasia.org co-founder Heneage Mitchell said the UK's example is one that should be followed by every country wanting improvements in public health.
“The fact that a coalition of 13 peak British public health organizations now actually encourage the use of nicotine-containing e-cigarettes, coupled with appropriate regulation of their safety and quality, should make it obvious to public health authorities and government in the Philippines that vaping with similar regulation and availability should be approved as a means of getting consumers away from smoking,” said Mr. Mitchell.

Dialysis and water conservation
Can you get by on one liter a day?
That is, one liter of all fluids you consume in 24 hours.
This would be a nightmare for beer drinkers like my kumpareng Adlai, who is probably already brazing for the October fest season next month.
Believe it or not, this is the quota for the total fluid intake of dialysis patients like Ped Xing.
Conservation Champion and Environment and Natural Resources Sec. Gina Lopez, however would be happy to know we are doing  part, modest as it may seem, to save precious water.

The one liter limit, by the way, is the totality of all fluid intake – water, juices, coffee, soft drinks, soups, gravies, sauces, and, yes, even the extracts of watery fruits.
To be sure, water is not a major problem in this country – at least not yet in crisis proportions.
It has long been predicted that future wars would be fought over water or more precisely the lack of it.
Because of population explosion and global warming water supply is running short.
Natural aquifers are fast drying up as many countries are tapping sea water for desalinization to make them potable.
Here at home, Maynilad is drawing water from filthy Laguna de Bay.
And so what are we to do? Save water of course.
About 10,000 new patients start dialysis every year. In fact, the National Kidney and Transplant Institute – the referral center of kidney patients from regional hospitals – serves an average of 34,000 dialysis sessions yearly.
This means if they religiously follow the liquidity cutbacks; they could potentially save  10,000 litters a day or 360,000 liters  a year.
How’s that for conservation?
Hopefully the water we save would hopefully be provided to communities which have none or are in short supply.
This made me think deeper about the whole exercise.
Minimalist consumption is the key to survival.
Israel proved this.  The Jewish state made the desert bloom through “drip irrigation”, a farming system that used very little water but had a maximum impact on plant growth and crop yield.

But that’s for the land, the desert.
For people let’s call it “drip hydration”, using very little water to maintain body liquidity levels.
Dialysis also reminds me of the old Central Bank Operation to mop up

“excess liquidity” or too much cash in circulation.
Dialysis also works broadly the same ways it sucks out toxins and excess water from patients.Both processes leave the financial system and the human body, respectively, less bloated.
Behold Gods glory and seek His mercy.
Pause and pray, people.