Enjoy our roundup of stories that piqued our interest this week.
This week we tackle the following:
- New York Yankees ban smoking, tobacco use at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa - All tobacco products need to be kept in their pockets or their cars
- Hospital, coffee shop among Northland businesses impacted by data breach - Recent data security incident may have resulted in unauthorized access
- Maine lawmakers push to ban sale of vaping devices - Act of vaping already banned in many public places across state
- Houston County Sheriff's deputy: If you think your kids aren’t vaping, think again - This is a horrible epidemic
The New York Yankees announced Monday that Steinbrenner Field will be a smoke- and tobacco-free stadium. The policy will be enforced for all stadium events, including all Yankees spring training workouts and games, and all Tampa Tarpons games.
The use of tobacco products such as cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes and vapor mechanisms will be prohibited in all areas of the stadium.
Transactions at Memorial Medical Center in Ashland, WI and Stony Point Resort in Cass Lake, MN may have also been impacted on January 4, the company said.
Although North Country lists the Ranch Supper Club as one of the business partners whose customer data was potentially exposed, Supper Club owners say all credit card information is secure due to the restaurant having a completely separate credit card machine, processor and terminal.
A bipartisan group of Maine lawmakers is trying to ban the sale of liquid nicotine devices in the state.
Vaping is already banned in many public places, but the new bill would ban vaping devices from even being sold.
The bill's sponsor says electronic nicotine delivery systems are dangerous even though they're often marketed as ways to reduce nicotine use.
“This is a horrible epidemic and if you don’t think your kids are doing it, you’re wrong,” Houston County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Summerlin said. “They’re all doing it.”
The Houston County Sheriff’s Office estimates 60 to 75 percent of the middle school and high school student population are using e-cigarettes. Student resource officers have confiscated hundreds of devices in the hands of children as young as 11, and warned Rehobeth Elementary teachers of the possibility of the habit reaching their students as well.
JUUL pods, an interchangeable component that holds the e-liquid in JUUL vaporizers, have already been found in the parking lots of Houston County elementary schools.