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WAYNE COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) – A number of faculty districts are suing an e-cigarette producer, Juul.

The federal lawsuit alleges Juul used deceptive promoting techniques to market its merchandise to kids.

Mercer, Greenbrier, Raleigh, Mineral, and Gilmer counties have joined the go well with.

The simply hidden e-cigarette is tough for varsity directors to detect in colleges. Wayne County Faculties Superintendent Todd Alexander says there’s an amazing concern as a result of a number of the e-cigarettes are laced with dangerous substances.

“We’re seeing high school students get ahold of those [THC cartridges], and when large quantities are consumed it can cause a reaction,” Alexander mentioned. “We’ve had situations where we have to have medical personnel check students out because they’ve consumed too much of that substance.”

Alexander mentioned over the past month or so, 4 units confiscated from college students examined optimistic for THC. Faculty sources officers in Wayne County Faculties are geared up with testing strips to check the units as soon as confiscated.

A number of colleges districts, together with Wayne County Faculties and Cabell County Faculties, acquired donations from Prestera and the Prevention Coalition to put in vape detectors in areas the place cameras can’t be put in. The vape detectors shall be positioned in excessive colleges and a few center colleges.

The units detect THC, nicotine, vape chemical substances, and have an anti-bullying function that detects high-pitched noises.

As an example, if a tool detects one thing in, say, restroom A, directors look in your hallway digicam to see who’s exiting the lavatory at the moment.

“It’s marvelous to see it pick up a vapor that you can’t even see or smell. It will help our administrators, our parents, and more importantly, our students,” mentioned Keith Thomas, coordinator for Pupil Assist of Cabell County Faculties. “A lot of kids are telling us they want to quit, and we’re trying to address the vaping pandemic from every angle.”

The districts are working with native well being departments to emphasize schooling to each dad and mom and teenagers.

Every district is conscious of the lawsuit and weighing its choices.

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