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Electronic Cigarette – Smoke Without Fire

Asked recently to write about electronic cigarettes, I have to confess that I had never heard of such a thing. Some internet research later and I discovered that electronic cigarettes are very much a quickly growing concern. A Google search revealed there is no smoke without fire as almost six million results just for the phrase “electronic cigarette” were returned.

What is an electronic cigarette from a Edmonton vape shop?

The electronic cigarette has been in existence for almost three years and is a clever device aimed at providing smokers with a healthier option. Apparently also useful in helping to reduce and indeed quit smoking altogether.

Now in a fourth generation, electronic cigarettes have become much more user friendly than earlier versions which perhaps were a little too large to encourage a mass market appeal. The “mini” is the most realistic e cigarette to date with its length of 100mm being the same as a conventional cigarette.

An electronic cigarette contains a taste of tobacco but none of the harmful substances found in normal cigarettes allowing smokers cravings to be satisfied without inhaling the many dangerous toxins. Is it all smoke and mirrors? Or can this item really be the savior it wants to be?

A battery, an atomizer and a renewable nicotine chamber allows the smoker to hold and smoke the electronic cigarette just as they would any other cigarette, even creating a “smoke” like vapor and glow at the end as they draw. The nicotine chamber proves very useful as cartridges are available in different strengths, permitting the user to reduce the amount of nicotine they intake until if they wish, can quit completely.

A nicotine cartridge typically lasts the same time as 15 to 20 cigarettes, thus creating a huge saving to normal costs. Standard, medium, low and no nicotine at all are the various cartridge strengths.

A healthier option altogether it seems, though the benefits don’t end there. Due to the electronic cigarette not emitting any dangerous substances, toxins or real smoke for that matter, they are perfectly legal to smoke in public. In winter in particular, normal cigarette smokers have to brave the freezing cold and the rain just for a quick smoking break but this alternative will allow them to stay in their offices, restaurants and pubs.

None smokers also will benefit, as their worries about passive smoking are rendered null and void by the electronic cigarette. A much more sociable environment then!

Upon reflection the electronic cigarette is a healthier, cheaper and environmentally friendly alternative to smoking and as the awareness and the market grows they have great potential to successfully replace the harmful cigarettes we have all come to know and many of us have come to dread and fear.

Increasing Numbers of Businesses and Organisations Require Translation Services

Today businesses and organisations are operating in a truly global market place. As a result, the need for professional translation services is continuing to increase. All kinds of businesses and individuals find that they need the help of a professional translator to help them conduct their everyday business.

Not so long ago, translation services were used predominantly by government agencies. Today, every business and organisation has a need for Global translation provider London in some form or another. We live in a multicultural society and so there is a need to accommodate people who do not speak English. This can be for documentation as well as during meetings, appointments and in order to give people the right information for important services.

The medical profession, local government, and legal services like the police and court system all need to ensure they provide interpretation services for anyone who requires it. Within business and industry, the need is even greater. With international customers and suppliers, thanks to a worldwide market and the use of the internet, businesses need to translate all their communications into a variety of languages.

As a result, professional translators are in demand. International visitors to foreign shores for business, pleasure or as a result of migration, will all need translation services in order to communicate effectively.

In many cases, the translators are bilingual or multilingual, able to translate to and from English in a range of other languages. And the ability to do this for the spoken and written word makes their services particularly specialized. The best translation services offer a full range of language choices, meeting the needs of all sorts of clients who have international language needs.

In many instances, the information requiring translation can also be of a specialist subject, like legal information or medical data and advice. Even business language if very different to conversational language and requires a specialist with detailed knowledge of business vocabulary in another language. Important documents like employee contracts, sales orders, financial information and technical language for industries like engineering and science will all need translations done by gifted translators who have an in-depth knowledge of that field of expertise.

That is why most people turn to translation companies that have a large team of translators and who offer a range of different services. By providing a broad range, they are more able to meet clients prices needs and address their translation requirements quickly, efficiently and accurately.

Confidential information and sensitive information is also handled regularly and so the service must be one a client can trust fully. The best companies have built up a solid reputation over time and have many repeat customers who return to them time and again for translation services.

Anyone, in any area of business, or in any facet of life, could need a translator. And as the demand for this service increases, the service is becoming more professional and more accessible. If you are looking for a translation service, choose one that has a good range of languages to choose from and a proven track record of working with a variety of clients. It is also worth looking for recommendations and reviews as well as asking for personal recommendations.

How to Choose a Veterinarian


  • Get some opinions. Ask around to see where people take their pets, why they take them there, and if they are happy with the veterinarian.
    1. Ask friends, family, and co-workers, but be sure to ask them why they see this particular veterinarian. Pet owners often take their pets to a certain clinic just because they always have and always will, or because the veterinarian is a long-time family friend. This doesn’t make it the best choice for you.
    2. Ask groomers, petsitters, kennels, and other pet service facilities.
    3. Ask breeders
    4. Ask people at a breed club
    5. Ask your local humane society or other animal-welfare groups
    6. Ask private pet rescue organizations


  • Educate yourself on the veterinarian’s background
    1. Education
    2. Board certification
    3. Record with the state’s medical board (Have any complaints have been filed?)
    4. Record with the local humane society
    5. Membership with any professional veterinary associations
    6. If the veterinarian is a specialist (behavioral, surgical, ophthalmology, etc.), check to see how he or she qualifies to be a specialist. Be sure that he or she has experience, education, and certification in their specialty.


  • Office Hours, Appointments, and Emergencies
    1. What are the regular office hours? Are they compatible with your schedule?
    2. Are appointments required?
    3. Can you request an appointment with a specific veterinarian? Seeing the same veterinarian will allow him or her to become more familiar with your pet and better able to evaluate whether your pet is ill because he or she has seen your pet before.
    4. How many veterinarians are in the practice?
    5. Are there technicians and other professional staff members?
    6. Who covers the practice when the doctor is unavailable?
    7. Is the doctor available to occasionally answer questions over the phone?
    8. Will the veterinarian take calls or answer phone messages if a crisis befalls your pet during the evening or weekend?
    9. How are emergency calls handled during regular office hours?
    10. How are emergency calls handled after office hours?
      • Does this clinic provide emergency after-hours assistance, or is there a nearby emergency clinic you will be referred to?
      • If your veterinarian refers patients for emergency care, get the address and phone number of the facility and be sure to drive by the emergency facility so you’ll know where it is.
      • Is the emergency clinic staffed while your pet is there? Will there be any time period when your pet will be unattended to?


  • Fees, insurance, and payment methods
    1. Do ask about fees, but don’t base your decision solely on the cheapest clinic.
    2. When evaluating fees, be sure to find out what is included, some clinics will include anesthesia, monitoring equipment, and aftercare in the cost of a surgery, while other clinics will have them as separate charges; so you aren’t always comparing the same fees and services.
    3. Is the veterinarian a specialist in an area that you do not require for your pet? Fees may be higher for specialists and it might not make sense to pay more for a specialist that does not apply to the needs of your pet.
    4. Are discounts offered for senior citizens or multi-pet households?
    5. Is payment expected on the day of the visit?
    6. Does the clinic accept your insurance plan?
    7. What methods of payment are accepted? Are credit cards accepted?


  • Condition and location of the facility
    1. Is the facility clean, comfortable, and well-organized?
    2. Examine the lobby, waiting room, parking lot, and lawn for cleanliness and odors.
    3. Are the magazines and literature in the waiting room current or out-dated?
    4. Are the posters and bulletin boards well-kept? Or are they ripped, stained or out-dated?
    5. What types of products do they sell? Are they focused more on providing medical care or pushing products?
    6. Some veterinary clinics are members of the American Animal Hospital Association, which means that the clinic has voluntarily pursued and met the association’s standards in the areas of facility, equipment, and quality care.
    7. How busy is the clinic? Is the lobby full or are the phones ringing off the hook? A certain level of busyness is a good sign, but too many clients can lead to long waiting times and a low availability of appointments.


  • Friendliness and quality of staff
    1. Are they helpful and informative?
    2. Are they too pushy?
    3. Do they take the time to listen and answer your questions?
    4. Do they seem to want to get off the phone quickly or do they seem too busy for you? If yes, they will probably always be too busy to give your pet the care needed.
    5. Are they dressed professionally and cleanly?
    6. Is the receptionist friendly? Does he or she answer the phone professionally and state his or her name? Can he or she answer basic questions about pet care?
    7. Is the staff friendly, caring, calm, competent, and courteous?
    8. Does the veterinarian interact well with the technicians?
    9. Are you comfortable with the veterinarian? Veterinarians are a individual as the rest of us. Some have an easy “bedside manner” and others are more abrupt and in a hurry. Some will explain every detail about your pet’s condition and others are too busy to do so. Some will calm your fears and grieve with you and others will brush off your concerns or seem insensitive to the loss of a pet.
    10. Be aware that technicians handle basic procedures, such as drawing blood, taking temperatures, and preparing your pet for surgery, so it is important that you are comfortable with the technician’s ability to handle your pet and work with you.


  • Range of services that the clinic provides
    1. Are x-rays, ultrasounds, bloodwork, and other diagnostics done in-house or referred to a specialist?
    2. How quickly are the test results received?
    3. Does the veterinarian offer a wide range of medications?
    4. Does your pet require a veterinarian with special interests, such as geriatrics?
    5. What experience does the veterinarian have with any specific medical need your pet might have, such as diabetes, allergies, or chronic pain?
    6. What is the veterinarian’s policy on vaccinations for kittens, puppies and adult cats and dogs? Many veterinarians are getting away from automatic annual vaccinations for adults because of evidence that immunization lasts longer than 12 months for some vaccines, and research has linked too-frequent vaccinations with immune system disorders.


  • Other things to consider
    1. The veterinarian should perform an exam on your pet during the first visit. This should include feeling the pet over for suspicious lumps or bumps, checking the eyes and ears, listening to the heart, and checking the teeth.
    2. The veterinarian should ask you questions about the pet’s general health and ask for the pet’s medical history.
    3. Your pet should be comfortable with the veterinarian. An experienced veterinarian will handle the most difficult pet without causing any undue stress on the pet.
    4. Does the clinic offer any other services such as boarding or grooming?
    5. Is the veterinarian willing to prescribe medication and allow you to fill the prescription elsewhere?
    6. Do you trust the veterinarian? Most importantly, what do your instincts tell you?
    7. If you are transferring your pet from another clinic, be sure to transfer your pet’s medical records.