The Southampton school district’s board of education voted January 14 to join a national lawsuit against e-cigarette manufacturer JUUL.
“We are currently facing a national public health epidemic,” Southampton Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicholas Dyno said. “In the past few years, vaping has increased significantly, especially with young people, and Southampton children are not immune. We must work together to end this health crisis, and as a district, we believe joining this lawsuit is just one step.”
This epidemic has had a direct effect on Southampton schools. To combat the usage of e-cigarettes among teenagers, the Southampton Union Free School District has been forced to divert resources to monitor and police vaping in schools, as well as implement programming to educate students on the dangers of e-cigarettes.
“We are taking this crisis head-on,” said Southampton High School Principal Dr. Brian Zahn. “The lives of our students depend on it.”
The district has taken a proactive approach to educating its community on vaping and its lasting effects, including hosting two joint town halls with East Hampton High School and traveling to Washington, D.C. to present to members of Congress.