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Fabiola Hernandez, junior fashion business major, smoking a JUUL outside Columbia’s Library, 624 S. Michigan Ave., Sept. 10.

Vape flavor ban intends to reduce youth vaping

September 16, 2019

Walking through a cloud of fruity-scented smoke may become an experience of the past, as President Donald Trump announced Sept. 11 that the Food and Drug Administration is moving to ban flavored e-c...

The online documentary film series “The School Project” explores the issues faced in public school systems nationwide.

Web series addresses Chicago Public School closings

February 2, 2015

in 2013, Chicago Public Schools announced that 49 elementary schools would be shut down due to budget cuts.When the news broke, five film production companies began what is now known as “The School Project,...

Graphic cigarette warning labels reduce smoking rates


By Assistant Sports & Health Editor

November 24, 2014

In an effort to reduce cigarette consumption, Canada became the first country to mandate graphic warning labels depicting the negative effects of smoking on cigarette packaging in 2001. Since then, the co...

Park smoking ban more political than effective law

By Editorial Board

September 22, 2014

Chicago followed in the footsteps of other major cities such as Boston and New York City when the Chicago Park District Board passed a resolution Sept. 10 to ban smoking in the city’s 580 parks.Violators will face a $500 fine if caught smoking within 15 feet of Chicago’s parks, beaches, harbors and playgrounds, as reported Sept. 15 by The Chronicle. Electronic cigarettes, cigars and vaporized substances are also inclu...

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American Heart Association advocates for e-cigarette regulation

September 8, 2014

The American Heart Association released its first policy on e-cigarettes Aug. 24, stating that e-cigarettes threaten to “addict the next generation of smokers.” The AHA said it based its position on the limi...

A ‘Monster’ of an ordinance

By Editorial Board

January 28, 2013

Alderman Edward Burke (14th Ward) proposed an ordinance banning the sale of energy drinks within city limits during a Jan. 17 Chicago City Council meeting, arguing that the drinks are unhealthy, especially for young consumers.The ordinance cites a Food and Drug Administration report alleging that Monster Energy drinks have caused five deaths since 2009. The FDA has also received reports of health incidents related to other energy drinks. While such beverages can be dangero...

Illinois receives failing marks for tobacco reform

By Elizabeth Earl

January 28, 2013

While Illinois has received praise from public health groups for raising its cigarette excise tax by a dollar last year, one expert predicts the tax hike will spur out-of-state purchases and possibly even promote smuggling.In its State of Tobacco Control 2013 report released Jan. 16, the American Lung Association gave  Illinois low scores in some categories, including a C in cigarette taxes on an A–F scale, but the state...

Green with it, rock with it

By Sophia Coleman

December 10, 2012

Green is the new tangerine.I must hold some sort of authority over at Pantone, the trendsetter in color for the design industry, because in my Nov. 26 column, “Toxic, tempting fashion,” I said the 2012 color of the year should be Forest Green.  My dream is nearly coming true because Pantone announced Dec. 6 that the color of 2013 is emerald green.It’s unlikely this magnificent jewel-tone will inspire the eco-consci...

Let’s not oversimplify tragedy

By Luke Wilusz

April 23, 2012

I feel like I shouldn’t even have to say this anymore, but news stories keep bringing it up and dragging it out, so I don’t have much of a choice: Video games were not responsible for the murders committed by Anders Breivik in Norway last summer. They were not responsible for the Northern Illinois University shootings in 2008, the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007 or the 1999 events at Columbine High School in Littleton, ...

Student wins ‘Quit to Win’ contest

By Lisa Schulz

November 28, 2011

Using a wave of black and red design to convey a message that most children can’t communicate, Elizabeth Salinas created a winning advertisement highlighting the dangers of parental secondhand smoke that is about to spread across Chicago.The senior art and design major won the “Quit to Win” anti-smoking design contest for the Chicago Tobacco Prevention Project, hosted by the Respiratory Health Association of Metropol...

Keep smoking ban mostly in place

By Editorial Board

March 28, 2011

The Executive Committee of the Illinois House approved two bills on March 9 that would amend the state’s indoor smoking ban, which was enacted in 2008. One bill would allow smoking in separated rooms in Illinois casinos, and the other would allow local governments to issue smoking licenses to bars, adult entertainment establishments and private clubs.Proponents of the casino bill claim Illinois casinos are losing revenue...

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