blaze100 Posted August 24, 2006 Share Posted August 24, 2006 I realize this could be touchy, but i have no one else to turn to for perspective. School started this week and I am back to my same old office inhaling the same old second hand smoke from students who insist on smoking directly outside classroom buildings. They take their last drag, toss the butt and exhale on the way into my building and right outside my office door. The state of California passed a law last year that smoking is prohibited within 20 feet of operable doors and windows on all campuses. Our own campus has no smoking within 25 feet of all buildings. We have big red signs posted at every doorway. Administration has banned me from asking smokers to move, as it is 50-50 if they will comply. If they are from my class, of course they comply. But most of these students I don't know and sometimes they give me a snooty remark, or the FU. I retreat to my office, cancel my classes for the rest of the day and take a Xanax. Emergency supply in desk. Staff has been assigned to patrol outside my building, but it takes them 15 minutes to respond to my call, by then smokers have finished and moved on. In October our campus is going to designated smoking areas only. I really don't think this will solve the problem until the college imposes fines. Right now I do not like to walk about campus as it means walking behind smokers on sidewalks. Administration schedules all my classes in one room, immediately adjacent to my office. They suggest wearing a face mask if I need to leave the building. They also want to put a hepa air filter in my office. I refuse both accommodations as they are excuses not to enforce smoking policy. So that is my situation at work. I like teaching my math classes. I've invested a significant amount of time and money into getting my degrees, and now this situation has made my work life hell. You can imagine this only escalates my emotional state if I'm waiting for scan results or having symptoms, etc. Am I overreacting? Should i just keep inhaling the smoke and stop "making waves"? Please I would like to hear you comments as right now I am desperate. Barb Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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