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Is standing outside my window where I have a fan running and is smoking directly into the fan. My eyes are tearing and I had to get my inhaler.

I am in my pajamas and don't want to go outside to tell her to move away from the building. I've shut the window away from where she's standing but to shut the one she's under I have to remove the fan.

I just peeked out and she's settled into the patio chair with her cellphone and cigs. Great. Now I get to sweat and wheeze while she puffs away.

I need another sign. No smoking near the building. Had I known she was a smoker I would have told her at check-in. But she waited outside.

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you need a designated outside smoking area ... away from the building and with a chair or two and a place to dispose of the ugly things. of course she is going to sit down out there. to her, she's doing the right thing by going outside. 

here's my opinion ...

most smokers smoke in a haze of their own creation ... it would not occur to her this is bothersome to you, why should it be?  she is outside after all. and if you closed the window because of her smoke, fine and well, she'd think nothing of it. not a big deal to her, why should it be to you? and maybe you closed the window because you were cold.

i have smokers as friends and they've been my friends for years.  i always know when those who've tried to quit are smoking again because the smell is obvious ... they don't get it. and their need is beyond desperate when they go out to where they are allowed to smoke. 

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Had I known she was a smoker...

No one reads any room info so I have to tell them right up front where to go to smoke.

And while I'm grousing about inconsiderate - we have one room that had not checked out yet. Everyone else is gone. We are cruising along with the cleaning and theirs is the next room on that floor.

He's relaxing in the living room reading a book. Like they've got all day.

Ok, off to ask if they need help with the bags.

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Sign:

Guests caught smoking near the house will have their flatware licked before they use it.

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UGH...smoke is the worst. That is exactly why we are a smoke-free property.  I am amazed at the number of guests who voice their thanks that there is no smoking inside or outside at this B+B.  Unless you ban smoking all together, it will be difficult to control the inconsiderate or oblivious guest from polluting your air.  Toughen up, Maddie, and just change your policy to make your life more bearable.

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yes

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That's horrible, it's bad enough when people smoke outside and then leave a stink in their wake as they pass through the house.

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Madeleine, our state does have the 25 feet law now. Started a couple of years ago

 

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Momma Smurf wrote:

Madeleine, our state does have the 25 feet law now. Started a couple of years ago

 

I know. I just don't want to go outside in my pajamas or yell out the window!

I'm going to have to add a sign.

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Madeleine wrote:

Momma Smurf wrote:

Madeleine, our state does have the 25 feet law now. Started a couple of years ago

 

I know. I just don't want to go outside in my pajamas or yell out the window!

I'm going to have to add a sign.

 

I kind of think going out in your pj's makes an even stronger statement.   She is ruining your down time.   You are off duty and yet, working. 

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TheBeachHouse wrote:

I kind of think going out in your pj's makes an even stronger statement. 

And your inhaler. Take your inhaler!

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Arks wrote:

TheBeachHouse wrote:

I kind of think going out in your pj's makes an even stronger statement. 

And your inhaler. Take your inhaler!

Ok, that's what I should have done!

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I am so sorry you are having to deal with this. The guest probably is clueless that her smoke is going in your window. And if she IS aware, needs to be horse-whupped!

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Hard to believe she didn't know after the second window slammed shut!

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Aaahhhhhh, yes. Sorry you get them but VERY glad I do not.

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I don't know where you are located, but a lot of cities/states have adopted the 25 foot (or is it yard?) law - whereby there is no smoking allowed within 25 feet of a door ( I assume an open window would be the same?)  I simply put "No Smoking" signs on any exterior door that goes to a common area.  If I get a smoker (which is rare anymore), they ask where to smoke, and I tell them the street.  No one else has to smell it, and they smoke a lot  less than they would if they were able to lounge around the deck and pool area doing it all day. 

Have you considered making your entire property smoke free?  I've never regretted making that decision and if I've lost a booking or two because of it...so be it.

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