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Dwellers in Central US to expect Winter Storm and Potential Blizzard this Week

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Despite having an early spring in several parts of the country, there is a possibility of snowstorms in the central United States due to a late-season winter storm brewing. The impact of the weather condition will be felt in every part of the country although it will be most active in the Central.

According to the National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center, there is a developing major winter storm which will bring snow to the Cascades and spread over the Northern Rockies and Upper Midwest by midweek. In parts of South Dakota, towards Nebraska and into Wisconsin, there is already over a foot deep snow deposits with strong winds. There is also a high possibility of flooding and ice any moment from now.

This winter storm arising from the Pacific Ocean might initiate a rapid drop in air pressure and might also lead to power outages due to the heavy wet snows. Since Wednesday, traveling conditions across the region have become dangerous and unsuitable except in emergencies.

Apart from the heavy snow, it has also been raining across some portions of Central U.S, most of which are still dealing with river flooding such as Iowa and Illinois. The Ohio River valleys and the Mississippi experienced severe weather conditions the whole of Thursday.

If this forecast comes true, it will be the second time we are experiencing such a storm in less than a month.  The first was on 13th March and caused massive flooding in the Midwest, a blizzard in Wyoming and Colorado and winds as high as 110 mph.

Michelle has been a part of the journey ever since Bigtime Daily started. As a strong learner and passionate writer, she contributes her editing skills for the news agency. She also jots down intellectual pieces from categories such as science and health.

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New Zealand – a World Leader in Vaping Legislation

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New Zealand’s Ministry of Health and other organisations are striving to reduce the number of New Zealanders who take up smoking, and they are actively encouraging existing smokers to quit. One way many people are succeeding in their quest to quit is via a transition to vaping.

For smokers who are committed to quitting, visiting a reputable NZ vape shop to source nicotine-based smoking products is the first step in their journey to better health and a smoke-free future.

Smoking in NZ

Rates of smoking in NZ dropped from 25% to 12% between 1997 and 2018. While there are still almost half a million adult smokers in NZ, double that number have quit. Yet 15% of young adults aged 18-24 still smoke, as do 31% of Maori adults (this is particularly concerning as Maori traditionally did not smoke, and they suffer the health consequences of smoking more than other population groups) and 21% of Pacific Islanders. Men are more inclined to smoke than women, and people aged between 35-44 are most likely to be smokers.

Vaping

A vape is an alternative to cigarette smoking. It is an electronic device which heats a liquid to a vapour or aerosol. The user inhales this vapour. It requires no burning of tobacco – which is the most physically harmful (and socially unacceptable) aspect of cigarette smoking.

Vaping delivers nicotine in a less harmful way than cigarettes. It is not completely harmless – but it is a significantly safer alternative than smoking. Vapers also have the option of selecting the strength of nicotine in their vape – enabling gradual weaning from nicotine itself and also from the physical and psychological habit of smoking itself.

While it is not intended for use by non-smokers, vaping has the potential to effectively help smokers quit their habit.

Vaping Legislation in NZ

New Zealand now leads the world in vaping legislation. On August 6, 2020, landmark legislation passed in The Smoke-free Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Bill.

This Bill addresses concern within the community about the use and accessibility of vaping products, which are strictly regulated or even banned in many other countries worldwide. This new legislation strikes a sensible and effective balance between providing access to vaping as a regulated alternative to smoking cigarettes for existing smokers, while actively discouraging its use by children and teenagers.

It is an offence to sell nicotine or vaping products to any person under the age of eighteen years.

The New Zealand government has placed itself as a world leader in recognising the need for adult smokers to have access to not only information and advice, but also to viable alternatives to cigarette smoking.

Vapespot is the leading online Pod Based vape shop in NZ. Founder “Sunny” states, “Vapespot is the easiest way to “switch it up”. We provide a curated selection of nicotine-based products to support a person’s lifestyle and commitment to stop smoking cigarettes. We make it easy to reduce the reliance on cigarettes and ultimately quit smoking altogether”.

Smoking compromises health, shortens lifespans, and costs individuals, families, and communities money. Smoking also harms the environment – 4.5  trillion cigarette butts are discarded onto the ground and into our waterways globally every year.

Quitting is hard. For many people seeking to quit smoking, transitioning to vaping is an important and effective first step. New Zealanders now have this option at their fingertips.

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