Goddard Public Schools announces plans to sue e-cig, vaping industry

GODDARD, Kan. (KWCH) Goddard Public Schools says it plans to file a suit against the manufacturers, distributor and sellers of electronic cigarettes and vaping products.

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The school passed the resolution, 7-0, Monday nighty to authorizing Wagstaff & Cartmell, L.L.P to initiate litigation and file the suit.

Superintendent Justin Henry says the district has wanted to find a way to deal with the issue of vaping for about 18 months. but when the Kansas City law firm approached the district, he said the decision to file suit wasn't easy.

"It's our responsibility as school district employees, and as the board stated last night, to take a stand on this. So, I don't know what you call it, but our focus is on kids," he said during a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

School board president Kevin McWhorter agreed its the district's responsibility to the well-being of its students.

"Nicotine is a strong addictive drug and when you can in one Juul pod receive the equivalent of two packs of nicotine from standard nicotine packages that is not a safe alternative to smoking, that is addiction and it is a revenue source for these companies," he said.

The district says it will not have to allocate resources to fund the lawsuit. That responsibility falls on the law firm.