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December 1, 2023

Elfbar: Top vape firm drops sweet flavours over appeal to kids 

  • The UK’s leading vape brand Elfbar and its sister brand Lost Mary say they will drop dessert and soft drink flavours which have been criticised for appealing to children.
  • Elfbar and Lost Mary make up more than half of the UK’s disposable vape sales, according to data firm NielsenIQ.
  • The company has also called for tighter restrictions on vape sales, including a licensing regime for retailers and rules requiring them to display vapes behind the counter.
  • A company spokesperson reported: “The introduction of such a regime would mitigate children’s access to vapes and make it easier for the authorities to better regulate the sale of vaping devices. Furthermore, we believe it would help combat the growing illicit vape market and drive increased rates of vape recycling.”
  • The ongoing vaping consultation on e-cigarette regulations ends on the 6th of December, and legislation in England, Scotland and Wales is expected “as soon as possible” afterwards.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website. customers warned of ‘well-designed scam’ putting details for sale on dark web 

  • Cybersecurity firm Secureworks said criminals are targeting the website’s partner hotels to steal their user details.
  • They then send phishing emails to the customers, claiming their reservation will be cancelled if they do not provide payment information urgently.
  • The scam unfolds in two phases, starting with hotels themselves being targeted by scam emails, claiming to be a guest who has left valuable documents during their stay.
  • They then send a follow-up email directing the hotel to a Google Drive link purporting to show an image of the lost item.
  • The link contains malware called Vidar Infostealer, which allows the criminals to access the account portal that people use to make their reservations, and from there, target the customers.
  • reported that they “recommend vigilance and that people carefully check the payment policy details outlined in their booking confirmation.”
  • For more, please visit the Sky News website.

‘Crumbling concrete’ inspections to take place at 180 more NI schools 

  • The Department of Education (DE) is to speed up surveys at 180 more schools across NI, with 120 buildings already inspected for the presence of Raac.
  • It comes after the discovery of Raac at Cairnshill Primary School in Belfast.
  • The discovery is the first time the product has been identified in a school, and President of the National Association of Head Teachers, Liam McGuckin, stated it was a difficult situation for the school, parents and pupils.
  • A teaching union has reported that it is vital that surveys of schools in NI are completely as quickly as possible to put parent’s minds at ease.
  • NASUWT National Official Northern Ireland Justin McCamphill stated: “Officials must, as a matter of urgency, take all steps to ensure we have a detailed picture of the situation as soon as possible.”
  • For more, please visit the Belfast Telegraph website.