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Los Angeles school officials joined a growing number of public agencies taking legal action against youth vaping, filing a class-action lawsuit on behalf of school districts throughout the state against San Francisco-based industry leader Juul.

The litigation seeks unspecified compensation to the school district for financial harms and punitive damages.

Flavored pods are especially appealing to young, first-time nicotine users, experts say. And critics contend that advertising has been aimed at teenagers, using techniques honed by the tobacco industry over decades to hook young people onto cigarettes.

Although e-cigarette manufacturers have advertised their products as a better option for adult smokers, experts say it establishes a nicotine addiction that will ultimately lead to cigarette smoking and other harms for young people who have never smoked.

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