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San Diego Unified Considers Joining Class-Action Suit Against Juul

San Diego educators and experts meet to discuss how schools can address the r...

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Above: San Diego educators and experts meet to discuss how schools can address the rise in e-cigarette use among students, Nov. 4, 2019.

San Diego Unified School District is considering legal action to confront the growing public health concern.

As electronic cigarette use and vaping-related injuries become more common throughout the country, San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten is calling for the district to join a recent class-action lawsuit filed by Los Angeles Unified School District against e-cigarette producer Juul.

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“We’re attacking this from all fronts,” Marten said. “What’s always most important is education and prevention.”

The announcement came on Monday during a public discussion with health experts and educators from across San Diego County.

A study, released Nov. 5, found that more than 27% of high school students currently use e-cigarettes.

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The district has been addressing the rise in vaping at schools with what Marten referred to as “restorative” practices, relying on counseling to remedy the root causes of vaping use rather than resorting to suspensions or expulsions.

The district is also developing a curriculum to better educate students on the dangers of vaping.

“It’s not just, ‘You got caught, now you’re in trouble,’” she said. “No students get to take this class to learn more about it."

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Joe Hong
Education Reporter

opening quote marksclosing quote marksAs an education reporter, I'm always looking for stories about learning. My favorite education stories put a student's face on bigger policy issues. I regularly sift through enrollment data, test scores and school budgets, but telling student-centered stories is my top priority.

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