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School Districts Across The U.S. Come Together To Sue Juul

Updated: Dec 3, 2020




Juul is beginning to face consequences as the epidemic of e-cigarettes and Juul products are causing students to become more addicted. Nearly 100 school districts across the country are suing Juul and other e-cigarette manufacturers to regain the money they dedicated towards prevention programs, counseling, and treatment. The lawsuits came from small, rural districts in Mississippi all the way to the Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation’s second-largest school system--showing that the effects of Juul have no particular place. The lawsuit highlights how these companies are not practicing consumer-protection as the schools are the main ones to fund programs that aid the students who are becoming addicted. Instead of putting that money toward instruction, schools are forced to help treat their students.


The main concern over the lawsuits is if the court will be in favor of the companies as it is unclear if the manufacturers are directly responsible for any harm the schools had with students who are addicted to vaping. However, the districts believe they have a strong argument against the companies since there were advertisements that targeted young teens. Especially because Juul has been criticized for using their marketing on social media platforms such as Instagram and Snapchat, even having “influencers” promote Juul’s candy and fruit-flavored products. Since then, Juul has taken down its flavored products and no longer advertises their products. Juul and other companies involved have not commented about the lawsuits as of April 23, 2020.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of February 18, 2020, there are 2,807 cases of people hospitalized from EVALI, a lung injury caused by e-cigarettes or vaping usage, in all 50 states. There have also been 68 confirmed deaths in 29 states and the District of Columbia caused by EVALI. The World Health Organization has also advised those who smoke cigarettes, e-cigarettes, or use vaping products to be extra cautious during this time as they are more likely to contract COVID-19 and have aggravated symptoms as their lungs are more vulnerable non-smokers.

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Julian Torres
Julian Torres
Dec 18, 2020

I agree because so many teens are hooked on nic. and its bad for you.

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Carmen Peraza
Carmen Peraza
Dec 17, 2020

I really enjoyed reading this article because its showing and talking about how schools are trying to to do something for their students that can help them.

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Angelica Gonzales
Angelica Gonzales
Dec 17, 2020

This is a very interesting article, it's good to know that school districts are taking action on things like this. Especially since the use of juuls are WAY to common in schools now.

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Alyssa Calva
Alyssa Calva
Dec 17, 2020

This was a great and interesting article. The quality of your work on this is superb. I love how you included what the CDC found in their research as to how many had been affected. I am glad I learned valuable information from this article.

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Its sad that kids our age get hooked on nicotine so badly that school districts have to sue and that students are more likely to be more affected by covid.

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