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

This week we tackle the following:

  • Police: Hamilton’s ‘shock and awe’ anti-vaping moves now toughest among area schools - CDC Says Tobacco Use by Teenagers Has Soared
  • Kansas Supreme Court to decide whether Tobacco 21 ordinances violate state law - Can cities ban tobacco sales to college-age students
  • Green Bay becomes latest Wisconsin city to crack down on teen vaping - Vapes, or e-cigarettes, are devices resembling pens or USBs 
  • 3 fraternity brothers sentenced to jail in Penn State hazing death - Death of a pledge during a fraternity hazing ritual


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When Hamilton middle and high school students return from spring break, they may be greeted with searches for vaping equipment, school officials announced Friday.

Handheld metal detectors will be used in random searches of students, their lockers and any vehicles parked on campus grounds, officials said.

Police: Hamilton’s ‘shock and awe’ anti-vaping moves now toughest among area schools


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The court’s Chief Justice asked why if state lawmakers wanted the minimum smoking age to be 18, they hadn’t made it more clear in state statute.

“I think its impractical to think that the legislature is going to go back through all of those books that are out on the table and look it every statute and say, 'Oops, we better put a statute in here to make sure that no city or county can enact a statute in contravention of this law,'" Duncan said.

“The younger you are when you use tobacco or nicotine products the more likely you are to be a life long addict," Tobacco 21 Chair Dr. Edward Ellerbeck said.

Kansas Supreme Court to decide whether Tobacco 21 ordinances violate state law


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Green Bay is the latest Wisconsin city to crack down on teen vaping.

The City Council unanimously gave initial approval to ordinance Monday prohibiting anyone younger than 18 from using, buying or possessing vape products. It also bans people from selling these products to minors, including through a vending machine.

Anyone who violates the policy could be fined up to $500.

Green Bay becomes latest Wisconsin city to crack down on teen vaping

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Four former Penn State University fraternity brothers have been sentenced in connection with the death of a pledge during a hazing ritual, with three receiving jail time, according to a source familiar with the case.

Luke Visser, Joseph Sala, Joshua Kurczewski and Michael Bonatucci, former members of Beta Theta Pi fraternity, were sentenced on Tuesday in Centre County Court.

Each had pleaded guilty to hazing-related charges in connection with the February 2017 death of 19-year-old Timothy Piazza, a sophomore at Penn State. Piazza died after drinking large quantities of alcohol during his first night of pledging at Beta Theta Pi fraternity.


3 fraternity brothers sentenced to jail in Penn State hazing death