And Weldon makes seven.
Yep, Weldon Pietz Andrist, to be particular, our seventh grandchild, born Saturday, April 10, on the 134th anniversary of the beginning of his great-great grandfather, Calvin L. Andrist.
He got here into the world with a little bit of low blood sugar and a few fluid in his lungs, however he rapidly beat again these challenges, as you’ll anticipate of somebody with such a robust, distinctive title, a head full of sunshine brown hair and a good-looking look.
Weldon is the newborn of our child, Evan, and his spouse, Danielle. He’s now at house in Grand Forks the place he reportedly is already terrorizing his older sister, Emilia, whereas Bella and Loki, the grand pups, be certain he’s correctly protected.
An web search reveals Weldon is the 893rd most typical male title in America. A seek for notable folks with that title reveals one – Weldon South Coblin, who’s greatest identified for his research in Chinese language and Tibetan linguistics.
There’s additionally Weldon Wagner, Weldon Pietz’s great-grandfather, who at age 84 nonetheless lives with Eunice on their farm close to McClusky, ND. He’s the one Weldon I’ve ever identified till now, and he and Eunice had been the one ones to get advance discover of what this child’s title could be. It’s protected to say he’s been smiling ever since.
We’ve been smiling since Saturday, our pleasure tempered solely from Nana’s current again surgical procedure, which can maintain her – and me — from touring to satisfy the newest member of the family till he’s just a few weeks outdated.
We’ll definitely meet him nearly many instances earlier than that, even when it’s simply to observe him sleep.
Excellent news: highschool college students actually aren’t smoking cigarettes as of late.
Dangerous information: they’re taking their nicotine by way of vape merchandise, and the variety of vapers is much greater than the quantity who used to smoke.
Worse information: Since 2015 the North Dakota Legislature has steadfastly and deliberately declined to categorise digital cigarettes as nicotine supply gadgets, like cigarettes, whereas additionally selecting to not tax them as nicotine supply gadgets, like cigarettes.
That features this yr, when legislators rebuffed a proposal that will have taxed e-cigs, as they’re referred to as, like different tobacco merchandise. As a substitute, they turned the invoice right into a research decision, which is what they do to make proposals go away with out having to kill them. It’s the identical factor they did just a few years in the past, and the research that was performed then resulted in no new coverage.
This yr legislators outright killed one other proposal, which might have allowed for regulation of vape gadgets by declaring them nicotine merchandise.
In the meantime, Discussion board Communications reported final week that college officers within the Fargo space have caught college students as younger as third grade utilizing vape merchandise. A Moorhead center college pupil lately caught with a vape was utilizing the identical quantity of nicotine as in six packs of cigarettes a day.
A couple of third of highschool college students routinely use vape merchandise, in keeping with the 2019 North Dakota Youth Threat Habits Survey. That’s up from about 20 p.c in 2017. When 2021 survey outcomes come out later this yr, these within the colleges and in public well being anticipate the upward spiral to proceed.
However hey, a useful resource officer at Fargo Davies says he’s solely confiscated one pack of cigarettes within the final 4 years.
Provided that you think about one step ahead and two steps again to be progress.
Within the early days of vaping, coverage makers purchased in to the “harms reduction” view of vaping. E-cigs are much less dangerous than tobacco cigarettes, they reasoned, so higher to encourage these hooked on nicotine to make use of the lesser of two evils.
We’ve now realized that hurt’s discount is definitely nicotine alternative. New-fangled disposable vapes in flavors like Skittles, Fruity Pebbles and Fortunate Charms can ship in a single 2,200- puff machine the identical quantity of nicotine as three packs of cigarettes.
Scarrier but, e-cig maker Juul has developed new variations of vape gadgets that don’t launch smoke plumes, making their use simple to hide. Some younger folks are actually even emboldened to vape whereas driving within the automotive with their mother and father, as a result of there isn’t a telltale odor or path of vapor.
Due to the chemical composition, well being officers say the nicotine in vapes is extra rapidly absorbed within the physique, making them extra addictive than conventional smokes. As well as, several types of concoctions may be delivered by vapes, and an rising variety of college students are utilizing them to inhale marijuana derivatives, generally in concentrations as a lot as 9 instances greater than in old style marijuana joints.
Native public well being, notably Fargo-Cass Public Well being, seems to be sounding the alarm on this rising public well being disaster, although the State Well being Division, based mostly on a overview of its site, seems to offer little management.
Maybe that’s as a result of the Legislature’s head continues to be buried within the sand.
It’s time to drag it out.