I am allergic to other stuff and am careful about what I use - fragrance free shampoo, make-up, etc. I've had trouble with my eyes off and on over the years, so this isn't entirely new, but to this extent is.
I'm o-kay when she's not there, so I'm assuming it's not a general sensitivity to the office or environment itself. I'm also o-kay some days where she is there but the last couple of days when my eyes have been really bad, I've noticed the smoke and that's why I wondered if it was possible to be allergic to the smell.
It might be smoke coming through the air conditioning system. And it's not just smoke, but other smells are absorbed by clothing, and anything porous. When I used to go to the casinos in CO (just a few times) when they let people smoke the places reeked. I would go home, toss dry clean stuff in the dryer bags with scented cleaning cloths, wash everything else, and shampoo my hair and take a shower with lots of soap. My hair was longer then, and I noticed that my hair really smelled of smoke, so that's when I discovered that if I was around cigarette smoke or anything else I didn't like I had to wash all of my clothes, and my hair too or the smell lingered.
IMO, you can be extremely sensitive to cigarette smoke, but I have a hard time believing that a smoke hater/sufferer has a bona fide allergy-- paranoid immune response and all. Instead, I think "allergy" is thought to have rhetorical weight in modern parlance. It gives legitimacy to a mere, "I don't like it."
I am allergic to almost everything (except horses!) I haven't been tested for a tobacco allergy, but tobacco smoke is an asthma trigger for me and a legitimate health risk. So yes, I would call that a
bona fide allergy
The last time I had to be in a room with tobacco smoke I had a massive asthma attack resulting in pneumonia.
I always got laryngitis when I dated tobacco smokers. I always get laryngitis when I got to rock concerts. (OK it's a different thing that tobacco, but it's smoked.) I consider that being allergic to smoke.
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Yes, you can be allergic. I am. I think the chemical soup we're presented wit everyday (definitely including perfumes made these days with artificial scents and anything else that is scented) is causing more and more people to have systems that are overwhelmed and thus trigger an overreaction by the immune system, which is an allergic reaction.
Don't let people tell you that you are faking or overreacting to make them stop. It is not something you can control. And better living through chemistry is not the correct answer. Seeing a doctor to eliminate some physical issues that my be compounding it can help, but the air purifier and asking to either be moved or to have the other person moved should be possible. A fan that also blows scents back toward the other person can help to make it a bit more tolerable and it works faster than an air purifier.
I do know that the smell of smoke on clothing can trigger an asthma attack. A friend has two foster children, one with dangerous asthma symptoms. Several times when he (a baby) was hospitalized, the birth parents would come to visit smelling strongly of smoke and it would really set off his symptoms.
My friends have since adopted the two children.
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[QUOTE=SmartAlex;6677631]My boss is a smoker and in the winter he tends to cheat and smoke in the doorway rather than outside where he should. When he came down the hall, the smoke would follow him in a cloud and eddy right into my office door (which is at the end of the hall.). He did not believe me until I set a smoke detector on my desk... and it went off.
You'll have to explain to me just exactly how this happened. To the best of my knowledge the "smell" of smoke will not set off a smoke detector. It's the smoke itself and it has to be enough to drift up to the detector to obscure the sensor.
If he was coming in from smoking outside in the doorway, the smoke itself would definitely still not be with him at the end of the hall.
So, PLEASE clue me in to exactly which smoke detector will go off at the "smell" of smoke.
In other words, I think I'm calling b.s. on this one.
Okay guys, I'll stand up and admit it. I am a smoker, so is DH. I try to be thoughtful about it. I do not smoke in areas near non-smokers. I always smoke outside and away from flammable things. I police my cigarette butts and do not leave them for anyone else to pick up.
Yes, I smell like smoke. I try to put on a little body spray to mask it a bit, but I do smell like smoke. It is my choice to smoke and I really don't have any intention of quitting. I would love to hear of some ways (like the smoking jacket--great idea!!) that I can make my non-smoking friends and other people I interact with on a daily basis more comfortable.
Don't smoke in your car, in your home or any other enclosed space. Only smoke outdoors.
People how smoke in inclosed spaces, and especially those that are not well ventilated spaces, smell pungently of smoke.
We had a friend that is a contractor come by to help us shimmy an uncooperative washing machine back in its built in space. I knew he smoked, but had never really smelled smoked on or about him before. From a shaking hands distance it was an overpowering smell. He must have smoked in his car on the way over to our house.
My oldest son smokes, and I can tell when he has been smoking in enclosed spaces, versus only outside.