Sometimes can't escape second hand smoke!!!!!!

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Registered: 07-21-2007
Sometimes can't escape second hand smoke!!!!!!
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Sun, 08-19-2012 - 2:49pm

Hi,

So I don't smoke, nor does anyone I live with. However at work, sometimes I literally can't escape it. I work in the office of a hotel, and the office is located behind the front desk. There are no doors to the office, its just a bunch on interconnecting rooms. Well the lobby keeps the front doors open throughout the day since there is no air conditioning. Its pretty much necessary or front desk staff will suffocate to death. That being said smoke comes in from people outside and floats through the lobby and back into the office. Its disgusting but there isn't anything that can really be done. The ppl smoking outside are far enough from the enterances so we can't ask them to move.Plus like I said we can't close the doors to the lobby, it just gets too hot and the air flow is needed. I can't move and work elsewhere, my desk in in that office, plus the only other offince is accounting, which I don't do so I cannot work there. Plus there is no space for another body anyways. I don't know what to do. Its not every day but some days its really bad. Is just the smell as bad as actually inhaling the direct smoke? Like I said it floats through the lobby and the building so its not like I am standing even within 50 ft of the smoker. Whoever it is is hundereds of feet away. Should I be concerned? Sometimes I need to cover front desk if they are busy or go on lunch, that really bothers me because sometimes the smoke smell is really strong and I am uncomfortable working out there. I know I should probably mention that I do not feel comfortable being pregnant and covering front desk due to the smoke filled lobby we occassinally get, but they would need to make major accommodations to fulfill my request, as we are a small private company with small staff. They way the schedules are done between my department and front desk, I am sometimes the only one that can cover.My boss had to miss a meeting the other day to cover for me since my back was so sore I couldn't even bend over or stand for very long. I feel guilty.

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Registered: 03-08-2011
I'm so sorry that you are getting stuck in a place where the smoke comes right in the doors. Could you try pointing a fan blowing towards the doors and see if it makes any impact in moving the smoke out? I know it wouldn't help much but maybe it would help a little. Do you live in a place where it at least gets cold in the winter? At least then you'd know that the doors would be closed when it starts getting cold out. I hope it gets better!

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Registered: 01-21-2010
I agree with Dina, maybe try using a fan to blow the smell back towards the doors. But as far away as you are I don't think the smell is going to harm your baby because you are not directly breathing the actual smoke. But ask about it at your next appointment so your doctor can ease your mind on the matter.
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Registered: 07-21-2007

Thanks for the replies. We usually turn on our fans and open the window. Somehow we think it also gets in through a vent in the ceiling. My dr asked if I was concerened about any chemicals, I mentioned the smoke thing, she said it is still harmful, because I am still inhaling it despite the distance. She also said what my work is diong is illegal, as it subjects its employees to second hand smoke. I emailed the front desk manager asking to at least keep the doors closed while I am working. I work 9-5 so any other time, the rest of the night, I don't care what they do. So far the doors have been shut and no problems.