Enjoy our roundup of stories that piqued our interest this week.
This week we tackle the following:
- Depression, anxiety, nicotine withdrawal: Trying to quit vaping 'was hell' - It was only a matter of time before this one surfaced.
- FDA Plans to Meet With E-Cigarette Makers Over Teen Vaping Concerns - It’s now consistently called an “epidemic".
- New Legislation Allows Parents To Freeze Kids’ Credit Before It Exists- Protection before they even have credit.
- Illegal alien may have siphoned $15K from Western Pennsylvania bank accounts, feds say - This was a high-tech bank fraud scheme.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has scheduled a hearing Jan. 19 on therapies for young people who are addicted to nicotine. There currently aren’t any drugs approved for minors.
"The fact that the FDA even has to hold this hearing is telling," says Becky Wexler, a spokeswoman for the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids. "It shows us that the rise in popularity of JUUL and other e-cigarettes has created a new generation of kids who are addicted to nicotine and need help quitting.”
About 3.6 million middle and high school students use electronic cigarettes, according to the most recent federal data. Federal regulators now describe youth vaping as an "epidemic."
“There’s no reason manufacturers must wait for [FDA] to more forcefully address the epidemic. Yet some already appear to back away from commitments made to FDA and the public,” Gottlieb tweeted. “The vaping community that supports harm reduction for adults should also focus more of their efforts on select manufacturers that are primarily responsible for the youth epidemic if, like [FDA], they seek to preserve these opportunities as a way to transition adult smokers.”
As Reuters noted, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams last week slammed the use of e-cigarettes among teens and the manufacturers responsible, specifically pointing the finger at Juul.
A Romanian citizen who is accused of illegally entering the U.S. from the Canadian border near Seattle is being held in the Allegheny County Jail as federal authorities attempt to determine the extent of an alleged high-tech bank fraud scheme that removed at least $15,000 from bank customers’ accounts in Western Pennsylvania.
Jonas Muller, 34, waived his arraignment in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh last week on multiple federal charges of aggravated identity theft, access device fraud and bank fraud filed by a special agent with the Homeland Security’s U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement division. Muller’s prosecution was referred to federal authorities after he was arrested following an investigation by Mt. Lebanon Police.
An individual has apparently been identified and all stolen credentials are now useless, but the damage has arguably already been done.
Breached data includes: first and last name; date of birth; mailing and home address; phone number; student enrollment info; Social Security and/or State Student ID numbers; contact information on parents, guardians and emergency contacts; and staff benefits and payroll info including routing and account number, tax info, and salary info.