Lawrence school board votes to join vaping litigation

(WIBW) - 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:

"The district, much like many school districts across the nation, are experiencing a significant challenge with students' use of JUUL electronic cigarette devices. The heath hazards due to vaping are becoming more clear. In addition to the health issues for users, districts are incurring additional costs related to education, enforcement, and monitoring to minimize the use of these devices at school."

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.