'Scourge on our youngest generation': Quakertown schools to sue vape makers

Tim Jimenez
October 30, 2019 - 8:33 am

QUAKERTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — The Quakertown Community School District plans to sue e-cigarette manufacturers.

Superintendent Dr. Bill Harner says vaping is a growing problem, and students are at risk. 

"It's a scourge of our youngest generation," Harner said to CBS 3 Eyewitness News. He added that two students, one of them recently, had to be rushed out of the school because of vaping.

"Came out and passed out and was unconcious and, we had to call EMS," Harner said.

He says in both cases, students vaped products laced with THC.

The district says the lawsuit could be filed as early as next week. According to the district website, they're seeking "to compensate the district for damages suffered by the district and its students as a result of the manufacture, marketing, sale and use of electronic cigarettes and vaping products, and to seek other appropriate relief."

District officials say, when surveyed two years ago, a little more than half of high school seniors admitted they vaped with a nicotine product, while close to half said they vape with marijuana or a hash oil.