HATTIESBURG, MISS (October 29, 2020) Hattiesburg Public School District has become the second school district in the country to partner with Schools Against Vaping (SAV). This is a national campaign aimed at providing vaping research and education to America’s schools in addition to educating the public about the legal challenge to e-cigarette manufacturer, JUUL. If successful, this legal action would force the industry leader to help fund cessation programs and educational support for students in school districts that elect to participate in the class-action lawsuit.
Hattiesburg Public School District Superintendent, Dr. Robert Williams said, “We believe that joining this partnership is essential to moving toward the greater health and wellness of the students.”
“Supporting this initiative will help us in our mission to create Today’s Learners and Tomorrow’s Leaders,” said Dr. Williams.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are still some unknowns when it comes to vaping, and scientists are still researching and learning more. However, there is evidence to support possible lung damage caused by ingredients in e-cigarette aerosol. With the world living under the threat of a virus that seems to primarily attack the respiratory system, it is in the best interest of all to help teens stop vaping.
“We know that nicotine, in any form, is incredibly unhealthy and highly addictive. This was a common-sense decision to do what is best for students,” said SAV National Executive Director Michael Marks.
In addition to its highly addictive nature, nicotine can also have a negative effect on adolescent brain development and harm the parts of the brain used to control attention, learning, mood, and impulse control.
Joyce Arceneaux-Mathis, Manager of Government Relations for Schools Against Vaping, has meetings set with school districts statewide and plans to expand into Louisiana before the official start of the school year.
“We must fight to put an end to the vaping epidemic sweeping our schools. Every day these children continue vaping, they potentially damage their lungs with Covid-19, a primarily respiratory illness, still spreading rapidly. Now is not the time to take unnecessary health risks,” stated Arceneau-Mathis.
In addition to her work in Mississippi, Arceneaux-Mathis has also laid the groundwork for support in Washington, D.C. with Michael Marks, SAV National Executive Director. Mathis was able to arrange a meeting with Mississippi Representative, Bennie Thompson, and other top government officials.
More information, provided by Napoli Shkolnik, PLLC, Attorneys at Law, as well as for instructions on how school districts can join the fight is available online at SchoolsAgainstVaping.org.