Bullitt County Schools suing e-cigarette manufacturers

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BULLITT COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Bullitt County Public Schools is suing e-cigarette manufacturers, claiming its products are financially draining the school district.

The Herald-Leader newspaper reports Bullitt County Public Schools became the first school system in Kentucky to file a lawsuit against manufacturers, distributors and sellers of e-cigarettes and vaping products, specifically California-based JUUL Labs Inc., for allegedly causing a youth vaping epidemic that has been a financial drain on the school district.

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Bullitt County schools blame the companies for creating a generation of young people who are addicted to nicotine, and, in turn, are forcing the school system to dedicate a large amount of time and money to support those students.

The Herald-Leader says, in the lawsuit, Ron Johnson, a Louisville-based attorney representing Bullitt County, argues that school districts across Kentucky have been “uniquely and disproportionately impacted” by JUUL’s “youth-targeted product design and marketing, and years of misstatements and omissions regarding its products.”

So far, no comment from JUUL or other companies.