Enjoy our roundup of stories that piqued our interest this week.
This week we tackle the following:
- New California vaping bill is a ruse for protecting Big Tobacco, health groups say - Health groups denounced as watered down and misdirected.
- Maryland Grapples with Exposure of 78K Personal Records - Two databases used by the state’s Department of Labor may have been accessed
- FDA forces some social media influencers to add warnings to posts after they advertise unsafe vape, e-liquid products - Only a matter of time
- Former Gov. Pat McCrory said his identity was stolen while he was in office - Nobody is completely safe from identity theft. Even the governor.
Two months after key lawmakers sidetracked a proposed ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products in California, an influential state legislator has quietly introduced a less restrictive measure that some health groups say is designed to protect electronic-cigarette makers.
The new proposal, which also targets marketing to youth, was announced by lawmakers led by Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced), whose chairmanship of the powerful Assembly Governmental Organization Committee makes him a gatekeeper for all tobacco-related bills.
Two different databases with the state’s Department of Labor were potentially made available to unauthorized users, exposing the first and last names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, addresses and other personal information, the office reported Friday.
The department's affected databases — the Literacy Works Information System (LWIS) and a legacy unemployment insurance service database — became the subject of an investigation by the Maryland Department of Information Technology (DoIT) earlier this year, after Labor officials voiced concern about a potential breach, the department said in a Friday press release.
Some popular social media accounts are posting new warnings after a federal crackdown.
The Federal Trade Commission and the Food and Drug Administration are targeting accounts that promote and market vape and e-liquid products.
The agencies sent several letters to companies they said failed to disclose the health and safety risks of their products.
FDA forces some social media influencers to add warnings to posts after they advertise unsafe vape, e-liquid products
WCNC reports the FBI investigated and determined Russian hackers worked with a Florida couple to steal McCrory's information by filing a fraudulent tax return. In essence, they filed his return before he did, a common practice that happens in identity theft.
“Someone else did my taxes out of Florida as the governor of North Carolina and actually got a refund and it changed my life, because whenever I do my taxes I have to use a special security code," McCrory said on the show, according to WCNC.