Citizens for Clean Air and Clean Lungs

Teacher Files Suit Against Student Over Secondhand Smoke
A teacher at Liverpool High School in western New York filed a lawsuit against an 11th grader after the teacher suffered an allergic reaction to the student's cigarette smoke.

The teacher, Mr. Gary Philips, is seeking $57 to pay for a doctor's visit and allergy medication and an unspecified amount in punitive damages for pain and suffering.

Philips said he is filing the lawsuit in part to show that smoking at school has more serious consequences than detention. "The consequences are not just at the school level," said Philips.

Source(s): USA TODAY, (3/15/99) "Teacher Sues Over Second-Hand Smoke", p. A6
NEW YORK TIMES, (3/15/99) "Teacher Sues Over Smoking", p. A21


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