When considering which cool new products to buy, kids and teens are most likely to look to friends for advice, and many children under 12 would try a new product if it was suggested by their mother.

Today, more than 100 tobacco e-tailers sell tobacco tax-free and without verifying buyers' age -- creating challenges for parents, public policy advocates, and lawmakers.

Young artists will compete for a trip to Mexico City in the third annual ‘‘Este es mi Mexico’’ art contest sponsored by Verizon and the Mexican government. Elementary-school children are invited to create their vision of Mexico.

Univision 41 celebrates the May 2001 sweeps period with a duo of viewer sweepstakes.

Less than a third of black and Hispanic children had a dental visit at any time during 1996 (27.2 percent of blacks and 29.2 percent of Hispanics). Overall, less than half (42.5 percent) of all children visited a dentist in 1996.

The Home Depot announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire for cash Total HOME, a four-store chain of home improvement stores in Mexico, from ALFA, S.A. de C.V., a conglomerate based in Monterrey, Mexico. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Media buying will not change in the next few years. Neither, technological advances nor media segmentation will affect basic media buying strategies. Frequency, reach, and placement will still be factors to consider in media buying.

Nielsen//NetRatings and NetRatings revealed that among online advertisers, high-tech companies have been more successful in their online advertising strategy than digital economy and traditional companies.

Access Worldwide Communications, Inc. announced the renewal of a one-year agreement with ACNielsen U.S. for multicultural research services.

Payless Shoe Source hired Cecilia Garcia as Director of Ethnic Marketing. Ms. Garcia has over 13 years of experience in the advertising agency environment building such brands as TJMaxx, Marshall, Starbucks and Allstate Insurance, among others.

In a move that capitalizes on its coverage in nine of the top ten Hispanic markets nationwide, Cingular Wireless announced its partnership with Sears Roebuck & Company in its 2001 Fiesta Mobile program which will visit 14 U.S. cities and 10 Hispanic festivals.

General Motors announced the formation of a diversity marketing and sales organization to focus on the women's market and the growing markets for African-American, Hispanic- American, and Asian-American consumers.

Taco Bell Corp. introduces the Grilled Stuft Burrito to the Hispanic community in an original and creative ad campaign aimed specifically at this market.

The National Board of the American Civil Liberties Union voted unanimously to appoint Anthony D. Romero, a Ford Foundation executive and public interest attorney, as the sixth executive director in the institution's 81-year history.

Two-thirds of teenage girls are currently trying to lose weight or have recently attempted to lose weight, according to a recent study of America’s youth. By the time they reach age 18, about half of U.S. girls feel they are overweight.