Washougal School District to settle JUUL lawsuit

The Washougal School Board approved a motion on Tuesday, March 28, to allow the Washougal School District to execute a settlement agreement with JUUL Labs, the maker of JUUL brand cartridge-based e-cigarettes, accused of employing deceptive marketing practices targeting youth.

“It’s a big settlement for a big problem that has affected youth around the country, and around the world, really,” board member Jim Cooper said during the meeting. “To me, it seems like JUUL is getting off pretty easy terms in terms of the actual consequences of the settlement that we’ll see nationally. I’m fully supportive of settling that lawsuit.”

WSD joined hundreds of hundreds of other school districts across the United States, including the Camas School District, in a mass lawsuit that aimed to hold the vaping giant accountable for the youth vaping epidemic and the costs school districts throughout the United States have incurred trying to help students addicted to JUUL’s vaping products.

“We are happy to see that there’s a consequence for (something) that we think has had a negative impact on our students,” Washougal School District superintendent Mary Templeton said. “We appreciate that.”