In Brief: Jan. 17, 2000

BREAK THE HABIT Over the past decade, there has been a 30% surge in the number of U.S. teens who have taken up smoking. But there is hope. The American Lung Association last year initiated a program in schools called Not-on-Tobacco (800-LUNG-USA) to help teens address the reasons they smoke and aid them in dropping the habit. So far, the quitting rate of participating teens has been around 21%.

WHERE TO SIT? Front seat or back seat? Safety experts have been urging parents to buckle their kids into the back seat of family cars to protect them from exploding air bags...

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