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NIU community reacts to marijuana bill

By Julia Boyle | April 30, 2013

An Illinois bill would allow some people to obtain a medical marijuana card if it is approved by the Illinois Senate and governor. It will allow the purchase and possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana in a two-week period. J. Mitch Pickerill, a political...

Housing Authority to implement smoking ban

By Brooke Shinberg | February 4, 2013

Smokers living in Housing Authority apartments will have to change their habits by June 2014 as a smoking ban will take effect that month. “We are not telling anyone that they need to quit smoking,” said Michelle Perkins, executive director for the...

Bars should not be exempt from the smoking ban

Bars should not be exempt from the smoking ban

By Kathryn Minniti | April 17, 2011

Recently, an Illinois House Committee passed two bills that would grant exemptions to the smoking ban for bars and casinos. Is this a good idea? I think not. Keeping smoke away from public places will allow non-smokers to avoid the health hazards of secondhand...

Using Facebook irresponsibly has consequences

Using Facebook irresponsibly has consequences

March 30, 2011

Maybe you are into whips and chains or maybe you are into smoking weed. That's fine; that is your choice. But posting pictures on social networks of you smoking out of a bong is not a very responsible thing to do. A certain level of common sense is needed...

DeKalb County Health Department, drugstore help those trying to quit smoking for free

By Northern Star staff | February 17, 2011

February is American Heart Month. The DeKalb County Health Department is offering help for those trying to quit smoking. The health department is teaming up with Lehan Drugs to provide over-the-counter nicotine replacement products, including patches,...

In Focus: What is your New Years Resolution?

In Focus: What is your New Year’s Resolution?

As a culture, we like to think that every year is a new opportunity to start fresh. Whether it's trying to lose weight, quit smoking, or be better people overall, as soon as the clock strikes midnight on Jan. 1, 2011, we make a resolution to improve our...

Texting and Facebook do not lead to risky behaviors

By Kathryn Minniti | November 28, 2010

Warning: Facebook users and texters are in danger. According to a study done at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, people who use Facebook often or text are at a higher risk for "worrisome behaviors." These behaviors include smoking, risky...

Black Mamba to be banned Jan. 1

By Shadonna Merriweather | November 28, 2010

An herbal blend that gets users high and is currently legal in Illinois will be banned starting Jan. 1, and local merchants that sell the substance are responding to the ban. "Both students and people from the town buy it to smoke it," said Abraham Mustafa,...

Help for those who want to kick the habit

By Shakira Bates | September 19, 2010

Students hoping to quit smoking are in luck. NIU offers assistance programs for quitting on campus available for students and faculty. Karen Smith, Employee Assistance Program (EAP) specialist, said EAP has ended and the Health Enhancement program has...