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Palatine Rejects Tobacco Store

The Palatine Village Council rejected plans for a tobacco store at 401 N. Northwest Highway.

The Palatine Village Council Monday rejected plans for a tobacco shop amid concerns about products that could have "alternative" uses.

Palatine resident Wilson John had requested a permit to open the store at 401 N. Northwest Hwy. John already owns a shop in Villa Park.

Palatine Police Chief John Koziol said undercover Palatine police officers visited the Villa Park store on June 29 and found bongs and other items typically used to smoke marijuana.

"Some were disguised as fruit," Koziol said.

Koziol said officers also asked about "herbal incense." Koziol said such products are a kind of synthetic marijuana.

Koziol said John brought out a box from under the counter that contained glass vials. He said the officer asked "What happens if I smoke those?" and John replied "You get high, but I don't recommend that."

Later, the police officers returned and identified themselves as law enforcement. Koziol said that John told the officers he had no plans to sell bongs, herbal incense or similar products in Palatine.

John addressed the Village Council and said he would not be selling any incense in Palatine and that the store would feature cigarettes, cigars, and traditional pipes and pipe tobacco.

"I don't see any benefit whatsoever in adding an establishment like this to Palatine," District 6 Council member Brad Helms said. "And I am certainly not going to support this."

The council voted unanimously to reject the proposal.

Koziol said a parent had expressed concerns about the herbal essence products and why they were legal.

"The minute the statutes change to make them illegal, they're just chemically altered to avoid that statute," Koziol said. "So they are very difficult to enforce."

District 1 Council Member Aaron Del Mar asked the village staff to look into the products and to begin putting together an ordinance to ban them.

Ellen August 16, 2011 at 06:35 PM
WOW! This should have been rejected solely on the basis that smoking kills people and should be illegal in and of itself. My brother died last week from lung cancer and one of my friends died of lung cancer years ago. I almost died from several heart attacks which were the result mostly of smoking. What a waste of time and money doing undercover work when this should have been rejected just based on the fact that smoking kills both the smoker and others exposed to the smoke.
Jim August 16, 2011 at 07:00 PM
Ellen: I understand your position, but using the logic that tobacco can kill you to deny a store permint, then lets get rid of all the places that sell alcohol. My parents died from that use. Also places that sell gasoline as a family member died in a car accident.
Jenny August 16, 2011 at 07:45 PM
Thanks Chief!!
Ellen August 16, 2011 at 08:03 PM
Jim, I would be with you on banning alcohol as it killed my marriage but banning gas, well, I guess that means you are being facetious.
jeff August 17, 2011 at 05:08 AM
Guns do not kill people, and tobacco that you do not buy and smoke does kill you. No one forcing any body to buy tobacco or alcohol or knifes or any other items that kill people, and if you want to close any kind of business, just do not buy there products.
jeff August 17, 2011 at 05:09 AM
Correction: and tobacco that you do not buy and smoke does not kill you
Ellen August 17, 2011 at 06:15 AM
Jeff, Second hand smoke does kill people -- not to mention the fact that I don't want to pay for your treatment while you are dying slowly of cancer and not able to work and pay for your own medical care.
donovan September 11, 2011 at 05:36 AM
Secondhand smoke effect is a puff of smoke--check out the actual EPA report, only one out of eleven of the studies had any indication of a correlation between second-hand smoke and cancer, cherry-picked their information, and methodology is not repeatable (not reliable), can't actually measure accurately exposure to second-hand smoke (goes on and on); so pretty much a social/propaganda spiel.
Ellen September 12, 2011 at 06:39 PM
I wouldn't need ANY study or report to tell me whether or not smoking and second hand smoke cause asthma attacks. And I sure don't need a report to tell me if I feel like puking every time I have to breathe in your smoke. If what you're saying is true, and I doubt that it is, that would mean that the smokers lungs have pulled every bit of the poisons out of the smoke before expelling it for me to breathe. Fat chance that's true. But, if it is, it sure makes smokers a mighty stupid group of people, doesn't it?

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