6 secondhand health hazards that may surprise you

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One-quarter of people who share a bed with a snorer lose 49 minutes of sleep per night.

Unhealthy behaviors can spread.  And by now you know to avoid a roommate who smokes, lest her carcinogenic cloud take you down. But did you know you should avoid shacking up with a snorer. Recent research shows that a slew of health problems and their side effects can be transferred from one person to another, according to the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity–meaning that friends’ or relatives’ medical issues, or their disregard for their own well-being, can rub off on you!

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Number of Smoke-free Hotels is Growing

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More than 12,900 lodgings serving the public in the USA are now smoke-free throughout.

Hotels, motels and other lodgings are following the trend of airlines and passenger-train operators by banning smoking throughout their premises. Some are doing it voluntarily, as public awareness about the health dangers of secondhand smoke grows. Others are being forced by a growing number of state and local laws.

 

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High Blood Pressure in Kids Linked to Secondhand Smoke

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Secondhand smoke linked to high blood pressure in kids.

Young kids who live with a parent who smokes face an increased risk for developing high blood pressure while still children, a new study has found. Warning that children with high blood pressure often become adults with the same problem, the researchers suggested that secondhand smoke poses a substantial and long-term risk to the cardiovascular welfare of young children.

 

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Thrifty Parents Swap Online for Kids’ Christmas Presents

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Frugal parents swap online for kids’ toys.

Stephanie Edwards-Musa finished her Christmas shopping early this year. Her 13-year-old daughter is getting a PlayStation 2 and clothing from Hollister and Aeropostale. For her 5-year-old son, it’s a bundle of toys, mostly “Star Wars”-themed. 

The bill? $45.

 

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