Los Angeles school officials on Tuesday joined a growing number of public agencies taking legal action against youth vaping, filing a class-action lawsuit on behalf of school districts throughout the state against San Francisco-based industry leader Juul.
The litigation seeks unspecified compensation to the school district for financial harms and punitive damages. It also petitions the court to allow L.A. Unified’s suit to be a vehicle for school systems across the state to receive compensation from Juul. In the complaint and in a downtown news conference, officials and attorneys laid out the alleged damage suffered by schools systems and the students they serve.
“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. The use of Juul electronic-cigarette devices “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.” Click here to read more: https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-10-30/lausd-files-lawsuit-against-vaping-company-juul