The Orion

Chico’s tobacco regulations don’t make the grade

Chico State students smoking in the smoking area by Whitney Hall Photo credit: Amelia Storm

Amelia Storm

February 12, 2016

Chico has failed to pass the criteria set for a healthy, tobacco free community. On February 3, The American Lung Association released its annual “State of Tobacco Control,” grades. California received an overall grade of “B,” while Chico received a “D.” “I'm not surprised that Chico received a low...

Staying healthy in the smoke

A burned tree with a background of the smoke-filled sky. Photo credit: Allisun Coote

Sarah Strausser

September 26, 2015

75,781 acres burned to the ground in Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties due to the third worst wildfire in California history. Although the fire is hundreds of miles away, Chico can still be affected health-wise by the smoke and ash in the air. The Butte fire hits a little closer to the Chico area. As...

Mary Jane guards the gate to more drug experimentation

Illustration by Miles Huffman

Miles Inserra

April 20, 2015

Marijuana is indeed the ultimate gateway drug.Readily available, cheap and less intense than other drugs, marijuana popularly exposes abstinent bodies to a state of being high for the first time. The gateway drug theory simply states that the use of less harmful drugs often leads to the future use of more...

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