Lawrence school board votes to join vaping litigation

Published: Dec. 9, 2019 at 9:16 PM CST
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The Lawrence school district is the latest to pursue litigation over vaping.

The USD 497 school board voted six to zero Monday night to take legal action against Juul, a leading e-cigarette manufacturer. One member was absent.

The litigation would seek to recoup money the district says it has spent on education, enforcement and monitoring.

Background information contained in the board's agenda states:

Manhattan-Ogden's board approved a similar lawsuit last week, retaining the same Kansas City law firm. Several other districts also have announced legal action.

The lawsuits argue Juul’s marketing has targeted teenagers who are not legally allowed to use tobacco products. Juul has said it doesn't market to youth and its products are meant to be an alternative to smoking.

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