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Old 03-18-2010, 12:23 PM
 
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I am not judging. I don't care what anybody else does to their body I just don't want their poor choices to affect my health.
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Old 03-18-2010, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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Well, unfortunately we are all negatively impacted by the poor choices of others and choices that have far more harmful effects than some people smoking outside of an office building.
Having to walk past a group of people smoking outside is no big deal ... unless you want to make it one.
If you're in reasonably good shape you'll have no problem walking quickly and holding your breath as you walk by them if that's what you feel you have to do.
If you can't walk fast enough and hold your breath for that long i'd suggest you get in better shape.
What more do you want?

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Old 03-18-2010, 02:44 PM
 
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Good morning,
I work for a company that allows it's employees to smoke in the front of the building. Often I have to walk thru a cloud of smoke just to enter the building. I am a health conscious person who exercises and tries to eat right. It annoys me that my health could be affected by other people's bad habits. I would appreciate any advice about things I could do to try to minmize the effects of this smoke. I always try to walk fast and not to inhale too much when I walk by.
Smokers shouldn't be allowed to smoke anywhere near the entrance or exit to the building.

You should talk to your HR person or supervisor and see how this can be addressed.

If your business relies on customers or clients coming in through this entrance it should definitely be addressed since it imparts a very negative first impression of the company.
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Old 03-19-2010, 06:52 AM
 
Location: In the real world!
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I doubt that is as dangerous as the air you breathe just being outside but you can see it. the exhaust form auto and other sources is much more dangerous to your health. Bascially breathing now days has a risk but often less than in the past.in fact indoor air in your house is said to be even worse on your health.
I have never heard of a cigarette smoke alert on the evening news but I do hear of the ozone alert a lot. Ozone

Getting away from cigarette smoke is easy, getting away from the ozone alert is not so easy. Why do we keep ignoring the really BIG dangerous problem while spending a lot of time on such a small one?

By the way, how do you get to work?
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Old 03-19-2010, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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Good morning,
I work for a company that allows it's employees to smoke in the front of the building. Often I have to walk thru a cloud of smoke just to enter the building. I am a health conscious person who exercises and tries to eat right. It annoys me that my health could be affected by other people's bad habits. I would appreciate any advice about things I could do to try to minmize the effects of this smoke. I always try to walk fast and not to inhale too much when I walk by.
This just frost my biscuits! Why worry about a bit of smoke when the very air we all breath is polluted with air borne toxins far worse than tobacco smoke!
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Old 03-19-2010, 12:48 PM
 
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yeah, I'd hold my breath.

Never understood people who smoke. paying good money to shorten your life. Odd.
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Old 03-19-2010, 02:00 PM
 
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I am not judging. I don't care what anybody else does to their body I just don't want their poor choices to affect my health.
In case you hadn't figured it out.....most of the people giving you a hard time are smokers themselves.....go figure

Bottom line....in this day and age, smoking is no longer "cool, hip or encouraged" it is discouraged, decidedly uncool and filthy.

No one should have to walk through a cloud of smoke to get in or out of a building.

Don't listen to those who say "hold your breath". Stick to your guns and make a stink, the smokers should have to indulge their habit as far away from non smokers as possible.
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Old 03-19-2010, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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I agree with bluedevilz and I am a smoker. I only smoke at home though and only about 2-3 cigs a day. I get annoyed when I have to walk through other peoples clouds of smoke too. I only smoke in the evening and during the day, the smell of second hand smoke is just nauseating to me. I live in AZ and we have a law that prohibits smoking within 20 feet (I think) of a building entrance. It may be shorter for anywhere where food is served. I'd recommend sticking with it and filing a complaint with your HR department or building management. You can run by and hold your breath until you're blue in the face, but you'll still reek like smoke once you get inside.
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Old 03-19-2010, 02:34 PM
 
Location: NYC
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To the OP, please disregard all of the "there's so much worse out there!" posts. There is nothing wrong with avoiding things which are bad for you; if you have the ability to avoid something bad it is downright idiotic to not do so. I agree with all those who suggest you speak with someone from HR, or if you are at a small place of business, the office manager. It is a very simple solution to have the smokers to move 20 feet away from the front entrance.
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Old 03-19-2010, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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Don't listen to those who say "hold your breath". Stick to your guns and make a stink, the smokers should have to indulge their habit as far away from non smokers as possible.
yeah, stick to those guns , be righteous, make a stink, don't hold your breath and continue to be afraid.
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