The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is bringing a lawsuit against the e-cigarette manufacturer, JUUL Labs, accusing the company of targeting its products to young people and putting the health and safety of more than 600,000 students at risk. According to the complaint, the district stated that JUUL has started a “vaping epidemic” that negatively affected its students’ ability to learn and has cost the district money in its effort to enforce vaping restrictions on school property.
The district’s lawsuit asserts that, aside from redirecting its funds away from education and forcing initiatives to suppress e-cigarette use among students, the rise in vaping-related sicknesses and absences has caused the district to lose state money as well.
LAUSD Superintendent, Austin Beutner, believes that JUUL has placed profits above the educational needs and wellness of a younger generation while also negatively impacting the local community in the process. “Taxpayers should not have to pay the cost of fighting the problems that vaping is causing at our schools,” he said in a statement. “By marketing and selling these products to young people, JUUL has sought to make money at the expense of public education and the communities we serve.”
Lawsuits Pile Up
LAUSD is one of many districts, including those in Olath, Kansas; St. Charles, Missouri; Long Island, New York; and La Conner, Washington, that is bringing suit. Though not the first, it is currently the largest school system to do so.
According to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, as of August, more than 30 percent of Los Angeles high school students reported using e-cigarette products, with 10 percent of them identifying themselves as regular users. What’s even more alarming is the increase (6.4 percent) in reported use since just last year.
As of October 22, there have been 1,604 cases of vaping-associated lung injury reported to the CDC, with 34 deaths confirmed in 24 states. Though not the only company responsible, JUUL controls about 70 percent of the e-cigarette market and has a bad reputation for specifically targeting young people in its ads.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted earlier this month to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products in the County, and the Los Angeles City Council is currently deliberating about banning the sale of all e-cigarettes and vaping products throughout the city.
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If you or a loved one has become ill or suffered death as a result of the use of an e-cigarette, or if your child has fallen victim to the unethical marketing tactics used by e-cigarette companies such as JUUL Labs, it is important to contact a knowledgeable and experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
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