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Can job stress be as damaging, or moreso, than exposure to second-hand smoke? A study from researchers at Harvard Business School and Stanford University says it can.

Researchers said they were motivated to evaluate the effects of job stress on health because of all the attention being paid to the benefits of workplace wellness programs. These programs, while certainly worthwhile, focus on the outcomes of stress (smoking, obesity, anxiety, alcohol and drug consumption) rather than the root causes of the outcomes.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.

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