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    Do Tobacco Ad Bans Reduce Smoking Among Youth? Results of a Brazilian Study

    Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

    In the most recent print edition of the international scientific journal Addictive Behaviors is an article* by researchers at the Federal University of São Paulo (Unifesp) about the impact of advertising on the smoking behavior of Brazilian youth aged 11-18. [An electronic version of the article was posted in November.] Although the researchers caution that […]

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    Major Cell Phone Recycling Deal for Brazil

    Thursday, November 30th, 2006

    In an earlier article, I asked how long would it take for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) to wake up to its looming end-of-life (EOL) cellular telephone (“cell phone”) problem. Evidently some have already awakened. On Tuesday ReCellular Inc., a Michigan-based collector, reseller and recycler of used wireless cell phones and their accessories, has […]

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    Clean Shores I: International Coastal Clean-Up Day in LAC

    Tuesday, October 10th, 2006

    ICC in St. Maarten / Photo: Rajesh Chintaman In my prior series on protecting coral reefs, I underlined the importance of keeping coastlines and coastal waters clear of trash/debris. In this first segment of a two parter on “clean shores,” I will examine the efforts of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to sensitize the public around the […]

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