Monday, 20 September 2010

How Does That Make Sense?

For the past few days I've been waking up with the smell of cigarette smoke in my nose. I have trouble breathing and have to pump the air freshners up to double duty.

Tonight, while watching TV  I smelled cigarette smoke. I double checked to make sure our window was closed and it was.  I walked outside to locate the culprit. I politely explained my allergies and asked the girls to move a little further away from the building. Their answer This is the designated smoking area for our building.

I ran back upstairs and checked the college's handbook. They're correct. The designated smoking section is right under my window. What genius thought of that? The policy says that it is designed to promote a healthy environment for nonsmokers as well as allowing smokers their right to smoke.

A healthy environment? Second hand smoke is coming in my room and clogging my nose and lungs. I'm constantly sneezing, coughing  and blowing my nose. There are easily avoidable pollutants in my home.

Tomorrow, I'm going to look into getting the smoking area moved a little further from the building.  Not just because my body can't tolerate cigarette smoke (it really can't- cigarette smoke has caused me to puke before), but no one should have the second hand smoke forced on them because they happen to live on the right side of a building.


  1. Wow at my school you had to be 25 feet away from the building.

    Good luck to you

  2. no good! Fight that like crazy - no one should have to smell that crap if they do not choose to! Good luck :)

  3. Amen!!! As a former non-smokers' rights advocate whose son smokes (sigh ...), I feel your pain. I hope the process is easy for you, rather than some complicated morass of bureaucracy ....


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