Hebbie Posted December 15, 2004 Share Posted December 15, 2004 OK -- I hope this doesn't offend anyone, but I have a question about secondhand smoke and cigarette ODOR. Being a non-smoker, I'm not sure about something. I'll admit that I am very paranoid these days, and go out of my way to avoid restaurants that are smokey, never go to a bar, and won't even stand in a room with a smoker if I can avoid it. HOWEVER.....I have a new "neighbor" that sits next to me at work. She works part time, is very quiet and seems nice enough....and she's also a heavy smoker. She takes 2-3 smoke breaks in the time that she is here each day, and as she returns to her desk, I get the biggest whif of smoke ever.....and I smell it for the next 20 minutes or so. I've been mildly concerned about it, but assumed that if it wasn't smoke being near me directly, I wasn't in danger. Yesterday, the co-worker who sits on the other side of her, pulled me aside and voiced her concerns about her own health risk. We did a little research, and from what we can tell, it seems that if you can smell it (simply from being on her clothing)....you are inhailing harmful chemicals from it. Does anyone have any further knowledge into this subject? Would this fall into the category of harmful secondhand smoke? I'm sure we don't have a leg to stand on legally at work, since she is smoking outside, but I also don't want to put myself at risk by breathing in anything harmful on a daily basis! Man......it's always something....... Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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