Enjoy our roundup of stories that piqued our interest this week.
This week we tackle the following:
- Juul Shells Out $3 Million As San Francisco Vaping Ban Battle Intensifies - The money goes to the Coalition for Reasonable Vaping Regulation
- UCF sorority placed on suspension after numerous allegations including underage drinking - 16 violations by Alpha Delta Pi
- Around 100 New Jersey School Districts May Turn To Vape Detectors To Catch Students - Preparing for the new school year
- Beware. Equifax settlement is spawning scams - There will be many email phishing attempts, telephone calls and probably gift-card scams
Juul Labs injected $3 million in July into a campaign to undo its hometown’s looming e-cigarette ban, tripling the size of the campaign’s warchest.
“We are strongly supporting these efforts, as part of the growing Coalition for Reasonable Vaping Regulation, to enact strict new regulation and enforcement instead of a ban for all adults that will fuel a black market for vapor products and the increased use of deadly cigarettes,” Juul spokesperson Ted Kwong said in a statement. He added that the ballot measure recognizes “adult smokers should have access to alternatives since cigarettes still kill 40,000 Californians every year.”
That sorority member, whose name has not been released, says in the sorority's group chat, there was talk of underage drinking, buying and selling of prescription pills, and girls offering to do other girls' homework for money -- but that was only the start of her concerns.
A 41-page redacted report obtained from UCF summarizes a long list of concerns.
Paperwork shows an Alpha Delta Pi sorority member sent a letter to fraternity and sorority life's director, Woody Joseph, on July 6, after she claimed that advisors, ADPi nationals, and her sorority's executive board did nothing.
Many school districts are looking to install new technology in bathrooms called “HALO.” It detects all types of smoke, including vape with THC, regular smoke, carbon dioxide, propane, and even methane.
Manufactured by a company called IPVideo Corp., the devices are being used in 46 states and 10 school districts in New Jersey already, with nearly 100 more sending in requests.
In Sussex County, Sparta High School is the latest to receive a few pilot smart detectors to try out. Roy was told, however, that the school is still deciding if the technology will be permanently installed.
Let me say this now, because I have no doubt that there will be many email phishing attempts, telephone calls and probably gift-card scams trying to capitalize on Equifax’s $700 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission: If anyone calls or emails you about the settlement, do nothing — and I mean not a single thing — until you verify the information with the FTC or your state or local consumer-protection office.
The settlement specified that affected consumers were entitled to free credit monitoring paid for by Equifax, or they could choose what could have been a decent cash payment — up to $125 if they have credit monitoring elsewhere. The FTC has since said that, based on the level of interest in the cash, consumers are likely to get much smaller payments if they opt out of the free credit monitoring.