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Old 04-26-2013, 09:54 AM
 
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I'm sitting here in my office minding my own business when a co-worker walks in, straight from a smoke break, to ask for my help on something.
The entire time he's in the office and for at least a minute after he left the stench of smoke was in the air, and my eyes literally began to water.

This is of course nothing new, something I along with many others have encountered for years. The issue I've always taken with it is that in every office I've worked for a part of the employee handbook states that women should not wear an excessive amount of perfume, nor should men with cologne, because many people are sensitive to those. Well the same is true of cigarette smoke. Sending smokers outside for a break doesn't help much at all.

Is there any reason employers don't just simply ban their workers from entering in to the office smelling at smoke? If went to the city dump this morning and rolled around in trash for an hour I'd smell terrible, if I showed up at work my boss would send me home. Why not the same treatment for smokers?

 
Old 04-26-2013, 10:06 AM
 
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I don't like the smell of smoke on people either & I smoke. Some people smell more like smoke than others, must be the brand & type of cigarettes & how many they smoke. The smell obviously will go away once the person isn't near you anymore so what's the problem?
 
Old 04-26-2013, 10:06 AM
 
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I guess its up to the individual employer, now isn't it?
 
Old 04-26-2013, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Cigarettes are still legal, as far as I've heard ...
 
Old 04-26-2013, 10:09 AM
 
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Complain, and see the management does. They probably don't want it to be their problem.
 
Old 04-26-2013, 10:10 AM
 
Location: SGV
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Smoking outside the confines of home should be illegal...period.
 
Old 04-26-2013, 10:11 AM
 
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Smoking outside the confines of home should be illegal...period.
What about vehicle exhaust?
 
Old 04-26-2013, 10:13 AM
 
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Originally Posted by T-Rob123 View Post
I'm sitting here in my office minding my own business when a co-worker walks in, straight from a smoke break, to ask for my help on something.
The entire time he's in the office and for at least a minute after he left the stench of smoke was in the air, and my eyes literally began to water.

This is of course nothing new, something I along with many others have encountered for years. The issue I've always taken with it is that in every office I've worked for a part of the employee handbook states that women should not wear an excessive amount of perfume, nor should men with cologne, because many people are sensitive to those. Well the same is true of cigarette smoke. Sending smokers outside for a break doesn't help much at all.

Is there any reason employers don't just simply ban their workers from entering in to the office smelling at smoke? If went to the city dump this morning and rolled around in trash for an hour I'd smell terrible, if I showed up at work my boss would send me home. Why not the same treatment for smokers?
To the vast majority of smokers, the world is but an ashtray to receive their filth, which they seem as a positive, good thing, but which normal people see as foul, filthy effluent.

I would never even consider hiring somebody addicted to tobacco (or alcohol, for that matter).
 
Old 04-26-2013, 10:13 AM
 
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What about vehicle exhaust?
No.

Anything else?
 
Old 04-26-2013, 10:14 AM
 
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Originally Posted by T-Rob123 View Post
I'm sitting here in my office minding my own business when a co-worker walks in, straight from a smoke break, to ask for my help on something.
The entire time he's in the office and for at least a minute after he left the stench of smoke was in the air, and my eyes literally began to water.

This is of course nothing new, something I along with many others have encountered for years. The issue I've always taken with it is that in every office I've worked for a part of the employee handbook states that women should not wear an excessive amount of perfume, nor should men with cologne, because many people are sensitive to those. Well the same is true of cigarette smoke. Sending smokers outside for a break doesn't help much at all.

Is there any reason employers don't just simply ban their workers from entering in to the office smelling at smoke? If went to the city dump this morning and rolled around in trash for an hour I'd smell terrible, if I showed up at work my boss would send me home. Why not the same treatment for smokers?
Your eyes watered? Oh the horror.
I'd rather deal with that than have to see obese slobs waddle around me in every public place I'm in. And honestly, about half either can't, don't know, or just don't care to bathe properly.
That, too me, is a bigger annoyance.
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