Citing the dangers posed by vaping, the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution condemning the use of e-cigarettes and criticizing the tobacco industry for its role in creating a “vaping epidemic” that affects the health and well-being of students.
Authored by Board Member Dr. George J. McKenna III, the resolution underscores LAUSD policy that prohibits the use of any tobacco products on campuses and during school activities. It also calls for more student education about the dangers of tobacco, and for civic and government leaders to put a halt to the sale of tobacco and vaping products to children.
“The health of our students is equally as important as academic achievement,” McKenna said. “We stand proudly against the flavored tobacco industry’s propaganda that targets our society’s most cherished members, children. As an educational institution, we will continue to educate students against the harms of all tobacco products, and we call on our elected, community and civic leaders to do the same.”
LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner noted that the district filed a class-action lawsuit in October against Juul Labs Inc., the nation’s largest manufacturer of e-cigarettes and vaping devices. The suit alleges that the vaping epidemic harms students, disrupts learning and takes time and money away from LAUSD’s mission of educating students.
“Los Angeles Unified is taking steps to ensure those responsible will pay the price to repair the harm done to our students, our schools and the communities we serve,” Beutner said. “Every day, students are being harmed as a result of vaping products in schools. Others need to join us in this fight, and quickly.”
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