BUCKHANNON —Upshur County Schools Safety and Emergency Preparedness Director Matthew Sisk presented papers regarding nicotine use at the school board meeting on Tuesday.
Sisk presented data dating back to 2013, when e-cigarettes first became available for purchase on a large scale. Sisk has developed graphs that display trends in nicotine use at both Buckhannon-Upshur High School and Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School. Additionally, he provided a document titled “Resolution Declaring that the Distribution of Juul’s E-Cigarette Product Has Created a Public Nuisance to Students and Staff of the Upshur County, West Virginia School Board.”
Data in this document showed that more than one in three West Virginia high school students report currently using vape-based electronics, which equates to a 150% increase from 2017 to 2019. The document also showed that, largely in part to the high nicotine content of Juul products, e-cigarette use among high school students more than doubled from 2017 to 2019 and more than 5.3 million children in the States States used e-cigarettes in 2019, an increase of over three million in just two years.
“Juul was introduced in 2015 and data shows this is the first year steam products have been seen in schools,” Sisk said. “If you look at the numbers specifically for the years 2018 and 2019, you can see that there was a big increase in nicotine use in general, which meant that these products were reaching students who weren’t using nicotine. all nicotine before.”
To combat the issue, the camera footage is being overhauled. Sisk explained that bathrooms are the main areas where vapes are used due to the lack of cameras. “We are currently reviewing quotes from companies that have vape usage detectors for these areas as well as on our school buses,” Sisk said.
A class action lawsuit is underway against e-cigarette makers, including Juul. Sisk said, “I seek your approval to join this particular company. Mr. Webb came highly recommended by the city.
Sisk provided documentation of a legal services agreement for e-cigarette litigation that stated: “If no recovery by settlement or lawsuit is obtained, the client will not owe any legal fees or expenses.” It was noted that the law firm would receive 33% of the net recovery, after reimbursement and costs, if a settlement was reached.
After a brief discussion, Katie Loudin presented the first motion of concurrence and Dr. Greenbrier Almond came to second the motion. Dr. Tammy Samples noted that the motion carried and was approved.
Mr. Webb, whom Sisk mentioned, is currently working on the opioid litigation settlement for the town of Buckhannon. Webb and his law firm, The Webb Law Centre, have been mentioned in previous editions regarding Buckhannon Town Council meetings and the settlement of the opioid litigation. keep following The delta of records for up-to-date information on both disputes.