Warning: Dating these guys may be hazardous to your emotional health

A look, from a health care communications perspective, at a half-dozen perilous paramours that millennials—heck, anyone—should avoid like the plague.

Being a health care editor has made me exceedingly aware of societal behaviors. I analyze what people put in their grocery carts, study how people wash their hands, and remind everyone I know to get a flu shot.

Sometimes, my level of health awareness can creep into the dating scene.

For you millennial health care communicators out there, here are some personality traits you should avoid:

Smoking pot or cigarettes

Sparking up a joint or a bong is just juvenile behavior—and illegal. You could probably get away with dating someone who smoked every once in a while in college, but now that you have a full-fledged career, it’s time for the guys you’re dating to grow up, too. (And don’t fall for that “medicinal” malarkey without seeing a doctor’s note.) Give them some Cheetos or a lighter as a parting gift.

As for regular cigarettes, given all the warnings and real-life horror stories, anyone who started smoking after 1980—much less after the turn of the millennium—should have his head examined, as well as his chest X-rayed.

Poor hygiene

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