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CDC reports no change in percentage of teen smokers

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON As states lose money for fighting teenage smoking and tobacco companies find ways to get new smokers to light up, anti-smoking efforts have stalled over the last five years.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that smoking among teenagers aged 14 to 18 remained at 22 percent between 2003 and 2007. At the same time, however, the percentage of teenagers trying smoking for the first time declined by 20 percent from 1999’s 70 percent.

In 1999, 16.8 percent of teenage smokers said they smoked 20 cigarettes or more over the course of a month; in the 2003-2007 period, that number had declined to 8 percent.

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Tic Tac’s website asks visitors to vote for favorite ‘Tic Tac Moment’

BY Adam Kraemer

NEW YORK Tic Tac’s latest contest, in which consumers were asked to submit a 30-second video to the Tic Tac Web site, has entered its second stage as the public can now vote on a favorite clip.

Visitors to www.Miterntainment.com can view more than 45 “Tic Tac Moment” entries—the company describes a “Tic Tac Moment” as a feeling of joy, exhilaration, refreshment or something similar produced as a result of consuming a Tic Tac mint—and vote before July 3 to pick 16 semifinalists.

A panel of judges will then choose the winners. The grand-prize winner will receive $10,000 and the first-prize winner will earn a $1,500 Best Buy gift card.

Tic Tac kicked off the promotion in April with in-store displays and free in-store “Mintertainment” guides, which featured manufacturer coupons and a T2 All Access card, which offered discounts on restaurants, movie rentals and snacks, according to reports.

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Dibs releases single-serving bite-sized ice cream snacks in a bag

BY Jenna Duncan

OAKLAND, Calif. For added portability and ease in snacking, Dibs has released its chocolate-shelled ice cream snacks in single-serving bags, the company said.

“Today’s snackers lead fast-paced lives,” Jennifer Eiseman, Dibs Brand Snacks brand manager said in a statement released to media. “In this new portable format, what’s not to love? Dibs Snack Bag is the perfect solution for that irresistible craving around the clock.”

Dibs Bite-Sized Ice Cream Snack Bags come in boxes of 10 and are available grocery and retail stores across the United States. They come in two flavors: Nestle Crunch and vanilla and boxes retail for $4.99 to $5.99.

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