Enjoy our roundup of stories that piqued our interest this week.
This week we tackle the following:
- Behind The Scenes As State Inspectors Police Boston Nightclubs - Enforcing laws designed to protect patrons of the state’s clubs and bars
- 20% of NC stores caught selling tobacco to minors, putting federal funds at risk - Law enforcement is cracking down on selling tobacco to minors
- Vaping crackdown: Ohio, other states continue push to stop teen use - Trying to stem an epidemic of underage e-cigarette use
- Touchstone Medical Imaging to pay $3 million settlement for security breach - Exposed the health information of more than 300,000 patients
Outside Venu, the line to get in is so long that dozens of people spill out onto the streets. This is one of Boston’s hottest nightclubs. It’s also where 23-Year-old Jassy Correia was last seen before she was allegedly abducted and murdered back in February.
On a recent Friday night, the I-Team went along with the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission to get an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at how they are enforcing laws designed to protect patrons of the state’s clubs and bars.
Law enforcement is cracking down on businesses selling tobacco to minors.
Officers say it's not only putting the minors' health at risk, but also millions of dollars of state funding.
Israel Morrow, special agent in charge with North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement, says the number of children using tobacco products is alarming.
"They've become dependent on it like some people become dependent on drugs," Morrow said.
When Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced his plan last month to raise the state tobacco age to 21, he joined what has become a critical mass of states and localities trying to stem an epidemic of underage e-cigarette use.
The numbers are shocking – between 2017 and 2018 alone, e-cigarette use increased 78 percent among high school students and 48 percent among middle school students, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
A medical imaging service provider in Tennessee has agreed to pay $3 million to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a settlement for a security breach that exposed the protected health information of more than 300,000 patients.
The result of an FTP server providing uncontrolled access to patients’ personal health information, the breach at Touchstone Medical Imaging led to the leaking of names, birth dates, social security numbers, and addresses among other information. The details were accessed and indexed by search engines, and remained on the internet even after the server was taken offline.