Enjoy our roundup of stories that piqued our interest this week.
This week we tackle the following:
- 18 People Talk About What It's Like Trying To Quit The Juul - Some people may find it hard to stop Juuling once they start.
- OXO International discloses data breach, customer data over two years impacted - Customer information exposed over the course of two years.
- Hoboken PD Sends Undercover, Underage Cops Into Liquor Stores - Police got complaints about stores selling teens booze.
- California man admits to $1.7m mortgage fraud scheme - Involves two waterfront residential properties in Broward County, Fla.
The Juul is intended to be a safer alternative to combustible cigarettes, but the qualities that make it attractive for adult smokers — the easy-to-use design, yummy flavors, and efficient nicotine delivery — have also made it a hit among young people, including those who weren't smokers originally. Research has shown that some teens may not even realize they're vaping nicotine. In 2018, the FDA declared youth vaping an "epidemic" and started cracking down on retailers selling the Juul to minors.
Nicotine is addictive no matter how you consume it — via a cigarette, snuff, vape, etc. However, some argue that Juul's patented nicotine salt formula — which provides a potent dose of nicotine but is supposedly less harsh on the throat — may make it particularly addictive. While the Juul may help adults switch from cigarettes, some experts worry that it could set up young people and nonsmokers for a lifelong nicotine addiction, BuzzFeed News previously reported.
The incident involved "sophisticated criminal activity that may have exposed some of your personal information," according to the manufacturer, and customers who entered data on the oxo.com domain during these times may have had their information compromised.
Specifically, data entered between June 9, 2017 -- November 28, 2017, June 8, 2018 –- June 9, 2018, and July 20, 2018 -- October 16, 2018 has potentially been exposed.
Hoboken police got complaints about stores selling teens booze. Last week, they sent two undercover, underage Jersey City cops to investigate. And when the dust had cleared, 10 local establishments were cited for allegedly serving underage patrons.
On Thursday, the Hoboken Police Department Alcoholic Beverage Control Unit released details of their recent, citywide sting operation, which took place on Saturday, Jan. 5 after authorities received "multiple complaints" about local liquor stores allegedly breaking the law.
During their sting operation, police entered 12 local establishments, ultimately issuing 10 of them administrative charges for sale to someone under the legal age to purchase alcohol.
A California man has pleaded guilty charges related to a $1.7 million mortgage fraud scheme involving two waterfront residential properties in Broward County, Fla.
As part of the scheme, Jones created fake identification documents and email addresses in order to impersonate officers of the corporate owners of the two properties. He then submitted bogus loan applications and other documents to a private lender in which he pretended to be the owners of the properties. As a result of this scheme, he defrauded the private lender out of approximately $1.7 million.