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Hookah bar to allow pot

By Kierra Frazier | February 17, 2020

DeKALB — Students and residents who are 21 and older and aren’t able to use marijuana in their residence halls or apartments will soon be able to smoke cannabis at Aromas Hookah Bar, 811 W. Lincoln Highway.Cameron Dye, an owner of Aromas Hookah Bar,...

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Schnucks to cease tobacco sales

By Hunter Weston | October 14, 2019

DeKALB — Smokers in DeKalb who get their tobacco from Schnucks will have to shop elsewhere in the new year. Schnucks will stop selling tobacco products effective Jan. 1, according to an Oct. 3 press briefing. Schnucks will end the sale of all tobacco...

Vape users should take caution

Vape users should take caution

By Jordan Radloff | September 16, 2019

Vaping is a trend that has grown since 2011, according to Euromonitor International. What started as a method of assisting people to quit smoking cigarettes, as marketed by Juul and other vape manufacturers, has become a new way for non-smokers to be...

Proposed amendment protects minors

By Lucas Skye | February 12, 2018

Illinois’ push to amend Bill SB2332 and raise the age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21 is an effective way to prevent minors and young adults from smoking. On Jan. 30, The Public Health Committee of the Illinois State Senate voted six to two...

Letter to the Editor: NIU smoking rules need enforcing

By Jordan Anderson | January 28, 2015

I’m a junior marketing student. I spend a lot of time in Barsema Hall. Every time I leave the building after class, there is a congregation of eight to 12 students standing just outside the entrance to Barsema smoking cigarettes.If you want to ruin...

Junior communication major Danny Albers smokes a cigarette outside of DuSable Hall Jan. 22. NIU must implement a campus smoking ban to be compliant with the Smoke-Free Campus Act by July 1.

Smoke-free campus task force proposes policy to end tobacco use at NIU

By Jackie Nevarez | January 22, 2015

Some Faculty Senate members questioned how NIU will implement a policy presented Wednesday to make the campus smoke-free.The Smoke-Free Campus Act, which goes in to effect July 1, prohibits smoking in indoor and outdoor areas of college campuses in Illinois....

Smoking ban could lead to litter in city

By Northern Star Editorial Board | September 7, 2014

If DeKalb is going to implement an ordinance that bans people from smoking within 15 feet of patios in public places, it should be ready to compromise by giving smokers other options for where to put their cigarette butts and ashes.Before Thursday, it...

Anti-smoking ordinance debate continues

By Mitchell Spence | September 3, 2014

Some are still worried about a potential loss of business from an ordinance that will ban smoking on patios starting Thursday.Smokers will be required to move 15 feet away from patios in public spaces, which some think will send patrons elsewhere or cause...

Why lighting up may soon be illegal at NIU

By Keith Hernandez | April 23, 2014

A bill awaiting a final vote in May from the Illinois Senate would ban the smoking of tobacco at the state’s public universities and community colleges.If passed, SB2202, or the Smoke-Free Campus Act, will prohibit smoking outside all buildings and...

State’s crackdown with littering, cellphone laws not necessary

By Danny Cozzi | January 13, 2014

Of the many Illinois laws that have been put into effect starting in 2014 — and the 40,000 state laws throughout the country — there are at least two students need to know.​As of Jan. 1, using a cellphone while driving in Illinois without a hands-free...


Police prepare for crackdown as litter law nears

By KeAndre Worthy | October 9, 2013

Littering could be just as expensive a habit as smoking.By Jan. 1, cigarette butts will be considered litter in Illinois, and smokers will be committing a crime when they toss their used cigarettes to the ground. Cigarette butts are the most frequently...