Transcript for School districts sue e-cigarette giant over 'vaping epidemic'
Now to those new major lawsuits. Two major lawsuits in the battle against vaping. Three school districts are suing e-cigarette leader Juul accusing it of endangering their students. Amy is here with those details. Good morning, Amy. Good morning, robin. E-cigarettemakers under fire now from several fronts including local governments from all over the country and the federal government and now in what is believed to be the very first time school districts are joining that fight. This morning, e-cigarette giant Juul hit with three separate lawsuits over what critics are calling the teen vaping epidemic. The suits filed by three public school districts in Kansas, new York and Missouri. The Missouri suit accusing Juul of addicting a generation of youth to nicotine and in Kansas, attorneys argue Juul utilized social media extensively knowing full well teenagers are the primary users. Vaping especially with the Juul device is very easy to do even in a classroom where you can bend over, suck it out of the USB port, put it back and no one may know. Reporter: Officials have not identified a particular product or device associated with the illnesses but across the country, more than 1,000 probable cases of vape-related lung injury have been reported with at least 18 deaths, the most recent death being a Massachusetts woman in her 60s. That state's first vaping-linked fatality. Juul declined to comment but in the past the company adamantly denied marketing to teens and says it has launched an aggressive action plan to combat underage use as it is antithetical to our mission. Keep in mind, Juul only debuted a little over two years ago, but in the lawsuit one district says it has seen a meteoric rise in use during that short span of time. According to the Francis Howell school district they had 54 nicotine-related injuries but in the last year they've seen 248 including three cases at an elementary school, guys. Elementary school? That is incredibly disturbing but it is astronomical the numbers we're seeing. It is an epidemic. Thank you, Amy. We'll turn now to this moment in the stands at the
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