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Subject: books and smoking
Date Posted: 10/2/2010 9:58 AM ET
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I have refused two request for a book due to the fact that my husband smokes outside the home.  No one smokes in the house, am I being overprotective or maybe even paranoid?  Is it considered non-smoking environment when no one smokes within the home but a smoker lives in the house?  I would hate to make someone sick over a book..... 

Date Posted: 10/2/2010 10:49 AM ET
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I would not consider it a smokefree home if a smoker lives there. Smoke slings to/and transfers from their clothes, hair and skin. I think you are doing right by denying the RCs.

Date Posted: 10/2/2010 10:55 AM ET
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Everyone seems to have a different opinion on this one -- some seeem to feel that someone who smokes outside will bring in the odor and transfer it to the book. Others say just use the sniff test. Ultimately you have to do what you are comfortable with. If someone mentions allergies to smoke, I personally would decline the request because I don't always know where the books have been before they came to me. Other than that, it is strictly up to you to make the call, but remember that there are lots of members without RCs on their requests, and personally I now choose to decline smell RCs because it is so subjective...I do not want to risk the hassle of a RWAP over a book that smelled fine to me.

Date Posted: 10/2/2010 11:34 AM ET
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Thank you!  I thought I was better off leaning to not mailing/taking a chance.  I appreciate the input!

Date Posted: 10/2/2010 1:02 PM ET
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I agree with those that say you should decline those RCs. Your books probably only have a faint smell, if any, but people with super sensitive noses probably would smell something. Living with a smoker, your nose just isn't going to be as sensitive as say someone with cigarette allergies. 

Date Posted: 10/2/2010 3:35 PM ET
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I would rule better safe than sorry. My mother never smokes in my room, where I keep all of my books, and we don't have the same literary taste, so my books never cross paths with her but I still refuse 'smoking' RC's. Trust me, better safe than sorry! You don't want to deal with a RWAP that could have easily been avoided. Your books will eventually find less picky takers; just give it some time.

Subject: I'd decline
Date Posted: 10/2/2010 9:12 PM ET
Member Since: 5/24/2010
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My daughter and I are both sensitive to cigarette smoke. She far more than me. I've been to a friend's house where she swears her husband, a smoker, never smokes inside. To me the house reeks of stale cigarettes and has my daughter wheezing within minutes. If you are sensitive to those odors, what one person may not notice, the person with the sensitivity is certainly going to.

Date Posted: 10/3/2010 9:23 AM ET
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"Your books will eventually find less picky takers; just give it some time."

I think this is a rather rude comment....people that have allergies and have RC's regarding smoke are not Picky takers...for some it is a real health issue.

mistie -
Date Posted: 10/3/2010 12:34 PM ET
Member Since: 9/27/2007
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"I think this is a rather rude comment....people that have allergies and have RC's regarding smoke are not Picky takers...for some it is a real health issue."

Firstly, I totally agree that allergies are a real health issue.

Though, I had an interesting PM a few days back - I posted a wishlisted book, when I came back to the site I had a request for that book with the RC "no books from smoking environment due to allergies" (or words to that effect) - but also a PM from the requester saying "please send this book, even if you smoke".  It did kinda make me go "huh?" - but, I decided to give the requester the benefit of the doubt, maybe she shares her requested  books with someone else who has allergies, and they didn't want to read this one........................



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Subject: more smoking questions
Date Posted: 10/6/2010 9:30 AM ET
Member Since: 8/21/2008
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We do not smoke and visitors do not smoke in our home because of my husband's asthma.  I still turn down requests that have no smoking clause because I am often sending books I've received from PBS.  Also, postal employees smoke - don't they transfer the allergens?  Don't store clerks smoke?  Are there definitive rules about this?

 

I'm annoyed at requests for new books that don't show any wear, have not been near smokers, etc. etc. and turn them down even if book is new to me from local store.

Date Posted: 10/6/2010 9:57 AM ET
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Christy and Mistie > Sorry, I didn't mean that comment to sound rude. I just meant the book will eventually find a requestor who doesn't have health concerns that would exclude them from enjoying that book. Sorry if you read it as rude.

Katie > True, postal employees do smoke. I remember there being a thread where the sender posted that the requestor had said the book smelled like a smoker had been reading it. The sender had no idea why that would be that smell since they weren't smokers and could only think that a postal worker had smoked around it. But that's a risk that can't be denied. Members sending books can only make sure their book follows the guidelines and any RC's and then send it on its way. What the Post Office does with it is out of our hands.

mistie -
Date Posted: 10/7/2010 12:55 AM ET
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Erin (Litwolf)

Just to clarify - No, I didn't think your "picky" comment was rude - I  understood what you were saying "they would soon find a requestor that was happy wiht a postable book, with no additional condition".  I should have been more particular with the quote I used in my post, to avoid this misunderstanding.