Ronald Johnson Represents the Bullitt County Board of Education in Vape Case
Earlier this month The Bullitt County Board of Education filed a lawsuit against Juul, making them the first district in the state to go after the vape manufacturer. HJVE partner Ronald Johnson will be representing the school district in the case.
Ronald Johnson told the Courier-Journal, The Bullitt County Board of Education “has shown that it is in fact a leader in educational excellence by being the first school district in Kentucky to pass a resolution to file a lawsuit against Juul and the other corporations that manufacture, distribute and sell e-cigarettes and vaping products.”
We expect more school districts to come forward against Juul and other e-cigarette manufacturers too.
“In recent years, we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of infractions that involve vaping in our middle and high schools,” the Bullitt County Board of Education Superintendent Jesse Bacon said. He wants to hold Juul accountable for “creating this epidemic of nicotine addiction that affects the health of our students, disrupts the learning environment of our schools, and diverts resources away from the core mission of Bullitt County Public Schools, which is educating students.”
The district is seeking compensation for its anti-vaping efforts and lost instructional time and is blaming Juul for marketing their products to youth.
“We spent 30 years getting kids off cigarettes and we were very successful and now within a matter of three years, we have a whole generation that’s addicted to nicotine,” Ronald Johnson tells WDRB.com about the vaping epidemic. “The vaping companies have manipulated the way that the nicotine is delivered in these products because it’s much more potent and much less irritating to the throat, which was all designed to target kids. So, these kids are severely addicted to nicotine.”
We’ll keep you updated as the case continues.