Penn Cambria School District Superintendent William Marshall says vaping isn’t just a problem in high school anymore — they saw it in middle school, too.
More than 40 Pennsylvania schools have filed lawsuits against e-cigarette company JUUL, claiming they have been harmed by the company’s marketing, which they say targets young people.
Vape pens can have a sleek, modern design that makes them hard to identify. Additionally, companies offer different flavors, including those that mimic fruit or candy.
William Marshall is the school district superintendent of Penn Cambria. He says vaping isn’t just a problem in high school anymore — they saw it in middle school, too.
For this reason, they installed vaping detectors in all bathrooms and they attempted to educate their students about the dangers of vaping.
But Marshall said there’s been an “ebb and flow,” with vaping increasing every time companies make changes that make vape pens more discreet.
“We’ve seen kids using vape pens in the classroom, but because they’re built a certain way, it’s hard for a teacher to identify them,” Marshall said. “There isn’t necessarily the smoke you see from the vape pen.”
The lawsuit is intended to cover the school district’s expenses for purchases such as censors and teaching materials.