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In the U.S., girls' smoking habits vary by race. Black and Asian girls smoke the least; white girls, Native Americans, and Latinas smoke the most. * Among 2,631 girls surveyed in London, England, and Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, in 1997, 19% smoked, all citing weight control as their primary motive.

Volunteers for California's 1998 Coastal Cleanup Day collected 333,876 cigarette butts from the state's beaches.


The number of liposuctions rose 364% between 1992 and 1998. Of those who had the procedure in 1998, 88% were women and 28% were under the age of 35.

Last year, liposuction was the most common plastic surgery procedure in the U.S. (172,079), followed by breast implants (132,378), eyelid surgery (120,001), face-lifts (70,947), and chemical peels (66,002).

Men are increasingly joining the ranks of the cosmetically altered. In 1998, almost 20,000 men in the U.S. had liposuction, 15,564 had eyelid surgery, and 5,960 had face-lifts.


In a study of 372 sexually active teens in New York, Alabama, and Puerto Rico, 71% had discussed condoms with their mothers.

A group of scientists in New Zealand are lobbying to give gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos, and orangutans near-human rights because the animals' genes are closely matched to those of humans.

Recent research suggests that only 3% of primate species are monogamous.


Oklahoma passed a bill this year reinforcing the right of parents, teachers, or other persons" to discipline children with "ordinary force," such as spanking, paddling, and whipping with a switch.

A survey of adults in the U.S. showed that 82% were spanked as kids, and 55% approve of an occasional "good, hard spanking."

Compiled by Ophira Edut

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