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CDC Study: Cigarette use, sexual activity among teens down

BY David Salazar

WASHINGTON — A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that teen smoking, drinking and sexual activity have declined. 

The 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, which includes data from 21 school districts and 42 states, showed that tobacco use has declined steadily since 1991, with only 15.7% of teens surveyed responding that they currently smoked — down almost 3% since 2011 and about 12% since 1991. Drinking among teensalso has  declined to 34.9% — down almost 4% since 2011 and 15% since 1991.

Additionally, the percentage of teens who reported being sexually active — 34% —  though up slightly since 2013, has decreased about 3.5% since 1991. However, the dip in the number of sexually active teens has been accompanied by a slight dip in condom use, which has been declining since 2003, though the 2013 number is an improvement since 1991.  

“It’s encouraging that high school students are making better health choices, such as not fighting, not smoking and not having sex,” CDC Director Tom Frieden said. "Our youth are our future. We need to invest in programs that help them make healthy choices so they live long, healthy lives.”

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Celebrity Lauren Conrad teams up with John Frieda for new ‘blonde’ campaign

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Kao USA’s John Frieda Sheer Blonde has joined forces with TV personality, fashion designer and author Lauren Conrad to introduce the first “Keep up with Your Blonde” campaign.

This new program empowers blondes to maintain their best color with a regimen of expert care. To provide insider blonde tips for keeping up with your blonde, Conrad will be guest blogging on her favorite products and go-to summer hairstyles at KeepUpWithYourBlonde.com and on the John Frieda hair care website.

“Being a blonde is a part of who I am,” Conrad stated. “As someone who lives in California, it takes work to keep my color light and bright. I use the Sheer Blonde collection because I know that from tone correcting, to lightening, to highlight enhancing, it will help me maintain the blonde I love.”

Now through July 9, when you pick up Sheer Blonde products and prove your purchase with a receipt, you can claim or redeem an offer to receive a beauty reward, while supplies last. 

 

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eBay renews regional fulfillment services for Walgreens

BY Michael Johnsen

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. — eBay Enterprise on Thursday announced it will renew its regional fulfillment services for Walgreens.

Walgreens first signed with eBay Enterprise in July 2011 for distributing its West Coast Drugstore.com business and then in the fall of 2012 for Walgreens.com. This renewal agreement will provide ship-to-store and direct-to-consumer West Coast order fulfillment from the eBay Enterprise fulfillment center in Reno, Nevada.

“Today’s consumer expects their order quickly, hassle-free and with nominal shipping fees if any,” stated Tobias Hartmann, interim president of eBay Enterprise. “Our goal is to provide retailers with warehouse and store-based fulfillment solutions that provide a competitive advantage and exceed their customers’ expectations to build long-lasting loyalty.”

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