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Hookah bar business could be increased by marijuana

By Jack Baudoin | February 16, 2020

The legal smoking age of tobacco was raised from 18 to 21 in December. Because of this, many hookah bars have found themselves struggling after a large portion of their customers became unable to partake in business. Aromas Hookah Bar, 811 W. Lincoln...

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...

Residents should remain receptive to gun laws

By Ashley Hines | January 23, 2019

Governor J.B. Pritzker signed bipartisan legislation providing increased state surveillance over Illinois firearm retailers and combating illegal gun trafficking on Jan. 17. For Illinois residents, the bill represents the first step in a string of much...

Point/Counterpoint: Age to buy tobacco products

By Lucas Skye | June 25, 2018

Point/Counterpoint: Age to buy tobacco products  Keep the age at 18Lucas SkyeThe Illinois State Senate’s proposal to raise the purchasing age for tobacco products to 21 is a prime example of our government overstepping its boundaries. It is a no-brainer...

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...

A cigarette-rolling machine ready to create a cigarette. With increased taxes on the sale of cigarettes more people are turning to roll-you-own cigarettes to save money.

Local businesses feels the effects of statewide cigarette tax

By Erin Kolb | March 17, 2013

Local Tobacco stores are seeing effects from a statewide cigarette tax increase of $1 in June and Cook County’s decision to raise the county’s tax even more. Patrick Garcia, employee at Huskies Discount Tobacco, 1023 W. Hillcrest Drive, said Cook...

Smokers find money-saving alternatives

By Ryan Chodora | January 21, 2013

Rolling cigarettes makes high prices and taxes on smoking a thing of the past. Rolling cigarettes with pipe tobacco is a cheaper alternative than buying retail cigarettes. The average pack of cigarettes costs $6.94 with taxes in Illinois, while rolling...

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,...

Obama recommends NIU alumni for department of justice position

By Northern Star Staff | November 17, 2010

An NIU alumni has been nominated by President Barack Obama to become the next director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives for the Department of Justice. Andrew Traver graduated from NIU in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in...