Seattle is the latest school district to sue e-cigarette firm Juul

By Neal Morton and Dahlia Bazzaz

Following other school districts in Washington and across the nation, Seattle Public Schools announced late Thursday that it is suing e-cigarette company Juul Labs.

The lawsuit accuses the company of targeting minors in its advertising and for contributing to a rise in vaping and nicotine addiction in children.

“We can’t just sit by while our students suffer the effects of being targeted by Juul,” said Superintendent Denise Juneau in the news release announcing the suit.

Over the last year, e-cigarette use increased by 10.5% among middle schoolers and 27.5% among high schoolers, according to the 2019 National Youth Tobacco Survey.  Results from the latest Washington State Healthy Youth Survey show that, between 2016 and 2018, e-cigarette use increased significantly, from 13% to 21% among 10th graders and from 20% to 30% among 12th graders.

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