L.A. Unified Sues Juul. Will More Districts Follow?
The nation’s second largest school district is suing electronic cigarette manufacturer Juul for its alleged role in creating a youth vaping epidemic.
Los Angeles Unified’s lawsuit could open the door to additional vaping lawsuits filed by school districts on behalf of their students.
“We are taking this step to hold Juul accountable for the role it has played in creating an epidemic that affects the health of our students, disrupts student learning and is taking money away from our core mission — educating students,” L.A. schools Supt. Austin Beutner said in a statement. Youth vaping “has led to violence on our campuses. We have had to divert dollars away from classroom instruction and instead spend it on counseling and programs to help inform students of the dangers of vaping.”
L.A. Unified pointed to advertising gimmicks it said were intended to get teens hooked on the product, including the use of social media ‘influencers.’
This year, L.A. school police said they have responded to more than 1,000 incidents involving vaping.
Read more at the Los Angeles Times.