Enjoy our roundup of stories that piqued our interest this week.

This week we tackle the following:

  • Marin County tobacco shops caught in middle of vaping battle - Blanket restrictions  hurt tobacco shops
  • N. Fulton teen falls unconscious after vaping at school, police say  - Vaping is not a safe alternative in all situations
  • Juul Offered To Pay Schools As Much As $20,000 To Blame Vaping On Peer Pressure - Much criticized program to curb teen us
  • Men convicted of identity theft, including purchase of a van from Modesto dealership - Mail theft is a big driver in identity theft


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It's a throwback to an earlier era - Telford's Pipe and Cigar in Mill Valley, here smoke hangs heavy, and worry as well.

"My livelihood of 45 years is in jeopardy," said Brian Telford. He's a Vietnam veteran and bronze star winner who has created a safe haven for tobacco lovers. Tomorrow, he says, the Marin County Board of Supervisors could ruin him.

Marin County tobacco shops caught in middle of vaping battle

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An Alpharetta student fell ill and became unconscious at school after using a vape pen at school, Channel 2 Action News reported.  A student was using the vape pen at Kings Ridge Christian School on Thursday when he began to get sick, Alpharetta police told Channel 2.

“The student had been smoking the vape liquid, became very sick, became unconscious and was transported to the hospital," said Officer Howard Miller, a spokesman for the police department.

N. Fulton teen falls unconscious after vaping at school, police say

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Juul offered a number of schools and public school systems stipends of as much as $20,000 to adopt a vaping curriculum to be taught by Juul consultants, according to information from multiple school districts reviewed by BuzzFeed News.

The ill-fated curriculum, which Juul pulled in mid-May, recently came under fire in an article published this month in the Journal of Adolescent Health that claims Juul failed to emphasize the harms caused by flavored pods and omitted information about how the e-cigarette industry markets to teens, the authors said.

Juul Offered To Pay Schools As Much As $20,000 To Blame Vaping On Peer Pressure


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Federal prosecutors said Hillgert and Wilhite stole mail and used the identifying information to conduct fraudulent transactions. When the defendants were arrested, they had more than 200 pieces of stolen mail belonging to more than 100 victims, according to the news release.

Wilhite helped Hillgert use a stolen identity to create a phony driver’s license but with Hilgert’s photograph, the prosecutors said. Hillgert then used the fake license to obtain a loan in the identity theft victim’s name to buy the $39,000 van, according to the news release.

Men convicted of identity theft, including purchase of a van from Modesto dealership