Representing School Districts and Public Entities in the Fight to Stop the Vaping Crisis
We are actively seeking and filing claims for school districts and other public entities affected by the widespread vaping epidemic. If your students, district, or other public entities have been affected, contact us for more information about how we can help.
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The lawsuits seek injunctive relief and an abatement remedy to combat the e-cigarette epidemic, which has severely interfered with normal school operations. The districts are also seeking compensatory damages to provide relief from the districts’ financial losses as a result of students being absent from school and the costs of arranging outreach and education programs regarding the risk of vaping.
Many districts across the nation are struggling to protect their students from the health hazards of vaping and JUUL must be held accountable for creating this widespread burden. Studies have found that the 2018 spike in nicotine vaping was the largest for any substance recorded in 44 years. It’s time for JUUL to make some changes and do what’s right.
We are leaders in representing public entities in this type of litigation against big companies like JUUL. Members of our consortium currently serve in leadership roles, including as Public Entity Plaintiffs’ Co-Lead Counsel representing school districts throughout California, in litigation against JUUL Labs, Inc. Together, our team is working with lawyers representing school districts from across the nation as they seek to hold the e-cigarette manufacturer accountable for creating a youth vaping epidemic among school campuses.
We currently represent school districts all across the country, including Los Angeles Unified School District which is the second largest school district in the nation.
Youth Vaping Crisis in America
There has been a resurgence of youth nicotine addiction as JUUL has been intentionally and deceptively marketing its products to underage customers.
After years of litigation and regulation to help stop youth nicotine addiction, youth smoking rates dropped dramatically from 28% in 2000 to 7.6% in 2017. These campaigns against youth tobacco use were a huge success until JUUL’s e-cigarette products entered the market.
In 2018, 4.9 million middle and high school students said they used tobacco products, with 3.6 million of those students using e-cigarettes. The number of youth e-cigarette users increased by 1.5 million from 2017 to 2018.
Effect on Schools
Several school districts have now joined together and filed lawsuits against JUUL for their role in fueling the e-cigarette epidemic that has invaded schools and diminished the learning environment across their Districts. School districts already have limited funds and they should not have to allocate money from their budgets for educational campaigns, prevention and treatment for student vaping. In all of these cases, we have seen school districts having to divert critical funds away from learning and programs for struggling students to vaping outreach programs and enforcement efforts, such as vape detector devices and video surveillance.
Vaping not only hurts individual learning, it affects the learning environment of all students.
E-cigarette use has also caused many students to have health issues, which results in an increased number of absences. This increase in student absences means there has been a reduction in district state funding.