Though the trend of vaping has died down, it remains a major issue affecting today’s youth and a law firm is asking public school districts to join in the fight against the activity.
Last week, the Leon County School Board received information on litigation against Juul Labs, a top vaping company in the country. The class-action lawsuit against vaping manufacturing companies is in response to the company’s intentional targeting of young adults.
The Altria Group tobacco conglomerate, which owns approximately 35% of Juul, has been known to advertise the concept of vaping as a safe alternative to cigarettes, but research has proven that there are many negative side effects of vaping.
According to thefactsnow.com, vaping products are a strong gateway to cigarette smoking and contain an equal amount or more nicotine than one pack of cigarettes, depending on the Juul product used.
The federal lawsuit started back in October 2019 and included multiple districts across the country, beginning with the Northern District of California, and it now includes Florida’s Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Broward County School Boards.
The Romano Law Group, based in West Palm, invited Leon County to join.
During the 2018-19 school year, Leon County encountered 173 instances of students vaping on school grounds, where 94 students were reported high schoolers and 78 were middle schoolers.
The School Board has not yet made a decision. It was revealed that the Leon County School District will not be responsible for fees toward the litigation.