PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - The Phoenix Union High School District joined a nationwide lawsuit against one of the largest e-cigarette makers in the country.

On Thursday, the governing board voted to join the suit that alleges Juul is contributing to a sharp increase in vaping among teenagers.

[WATCH: Phoenix high school district joins national lawsuit against Juul]

Board member Steve Gallardo says e-cigarettes are forcing schools to spend more time dealing with issues related to vaping.

"They have now managed to addict a whole new generation of students who are going to have life long health problems because of their product," he said.

[RELATED: FDA takes action against popular vaping brand]

Over the past year, e-cigarette use has skyrocketed across the country.

According to the National Youth Tobacco survey this year, vaping increased by 10.5% among middle school students.

That number is even higher among high school students with a 27.5% jump.

Phoenix follows the Tucson Unified School District, which joined the lawsuit last month.

And a spokesman for the Tolleson Union High School District said they are currently reviewing the possibility of joining.

 


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