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Underage Tobacco Sales Reach An All Time Low!!!

Filed under: Health

Yes!!!

Sales of tobacco to minors in the United States reached an all time low in 2011.

The drop in sales was most likely reached due to a federal and state inspection intended to halt underage tobacco use.

The plummet of sales is way down from 1997 when sale to minors was at 40 percent to 2011 which was at 8.5 percent allowing parents to rest easy their children aren't slowly killing themselves.

The surgeon general says that 80% of smokers begin by age 18 and 99% of smokers begin by the age of 26.

Here's what one expert said:

“We know that if we can stop kids from smoking before they turn 18, the chance that they will become smokers as adults is actually very low. By reducing retail access, we’re reducing one of the ways that kids can get introduced to tobacco and become smokers. Reducing retail access is an important part of a comprehensive tobacco control program, but it’s only one piece.”

Translation:

This battle has won, but the war isn't over.

However, the outlook has brightened considerably for future generations to live a healthy and smoke free life!

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USA's Birthrate At Lowest Point In 25 Years!!!

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Less and less young adults are having babies these days because of the poor economy.

In fact birthrates in the US have dropped to its lowest in 25 years.

The average fertility rate of 2.1 that the US usually maintains won't rebound for at least two more years.

Why has this happened?

Here's what one researcher said:

"There's a sense of hesitancy, of 'What does better look like? How will we know?' — especially for those of prime child-bearing age. … The key word would be uncertainty, a lot of uncertainty. "

For years the U.S. has been the envy of other developed countries for its fertility birth rate. Those countries are worried that it won't have enough young people to support the aging population.

Here's what another researcher said:

"We have to think through our policies. We've got to provide better support systems for working mothers as well as fathers."

We're down. So everybody start thinking of some policies right…NOW!!!

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May Begins With Super-Weak TV Ratings Across Almost ALL Networks!

Filed under: TV News90210GleeThe Voice

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This is not a good sign right before season finales!

Especially for those shows which have not yet been renewed!

According to television ratings from last night, the month of May started off pretty slowly as far as viewership is concerned for most networks, with even The Voice, which fared better than most - 3.1 in adults 18-49 - hitting a LOW for a results show!

Meanwhile, CBS managed to

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Glee's Ratings Drop It Like It's Hot, Ringer Ends On An Encouraging Note

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Go figure!!!

Glee's ratings were slightly down last night. However, a ton of viewers still tuned in to watch the amazing show!

The FOXy series reeled in about a 2.4 demo rating, averaging about 6.2 million viewers!

Not too shabby, Glee!!!

Now, moving on…

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No Ratings Love For Smash Or DWTS!

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Bummer!

Dancing With the Stars may have had the largest audience Monday night with 17.6 million viewers, but they still dropped 11% in their target demo. Ooooh….

Smash isn't looking so hot, either… They fell FLAT with only 6.36 million viewers…ouch!

Do U watch these shows?? What do U think gives?? The lack of Bernadette Peters, perhaps?!

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Moderate Alcohol Consumption May Lower Risk Of Stroke In Women

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Hey ladddiesss!

Don't feel bad about unwinding after a hard day's work with a glass of wine, beer, or a cocktail (key is "a", not five) because research has found that "light-to-moderate alcohol consumption was associated with a lower risk of total stroke."

Although the health benefits of consuming moderate alcohol have been associated with lowering the risk of heart disease

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Private Lives Starring Kim Cattrall's Broadway Run To End Early!

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Aww!

The Broadway revival of Noel Coward's Private Lives, which stars Kim Cattrall and Paul Gross, will reportedly close early on December 31st!

Apparently, the comedy was expected to run until February 5th, but due to poor ticket sales, the schedule was cut short!

Producer Paul Elliot says:

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