TUCSON – The Tucson Unified School District is joining other school districts across the country in a lawsuit against manufacturers of e-cigarettes and vaping products.
TUSD governing board members are hoping this move will protect the health and learning environment of its students.
The TUSD governing board decided unanimously Wednesday to join litigation against sellers of e-cigarettes and vaping products in hopes of protecting its students.
“Vaping is a problem in our schools,” TUSD board member, Kristel Ann Foster said. “we hear from our teachers and the health risks
TUSD officials say the use of e-cigarettes and vaping products continues to be a problem on school grounds.
“it’s not something that’s easily detectable like a cigarette in the past,” Foster said. “It’s undercover so it’s really hard for teachers and administrators to know it’s even happening.”
Earlier this month, close to 1,300 cases of lung injuries were reported to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention. So far, 26 deaths have been confirmed in 21 states in association with e-cigarettes or vaping products.
According to legal documents, there will be no cost for the district to join this litigation.