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Subject: Non smoking home definition
Date Posted: 4/13/2008 12:45 PM ET
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I quit smoking in 2001, my husband quit in 2002. Are our older books smoking or non-smoking?
Date Posted: 4/13/2008 12:50 PM ET
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Hard to say -- it would depend on if the books were in your house during the smoking period, and if they smell of smoke still.  If you're in doubt, since most folks have that restriction for health reasons, better to err on the side of caution and decline.

Cheers,

Catt

Date Posted: 4/13/2008 1:32 PM ET
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I would think since no one has smoked in the house in 6yrs they'd be ok to send.

Date Posted: 4/13/2008 2:12 PM ET
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This may be a strange idea, but if you have a close friend or relative who is a non-smoker, you may want to ask them to smell your books.  If they don't smell like smoke to a non-smoker, you are probably okay.  I know you and your husband don't smoke anymore, but I know for myself, I lose some perspective on how anything smells in my own home. 

Date Posted: 4/13/2008 3:21 PM ET
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My conditions (and many non-smoking ones I've seen) state from a current non-smoking household so I, for one, wouldn't worry about books that have been in a non-smoking environment for 6 years. I'd consider it simliar to someone buying books from a thrift shop or used book store and reposting here. On the other hand, if you'd just stopped smoking a month or so ago, I'd think it would be wise to decline even a current non-smoking environment condition because your house is probably still airing out.

I'd probably decline a condtion though that said books can't smell of smoke (or as someone suggested get someone else to do a sniff test--and not in your home).

 

Just my 2 cents for what it's worth.

Date Posted: 4/13/2008 4:16 PM ET
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I am one that has the "not currently in a smoking home" RC and I wouldn't have a problem with receiving one of your books...like has been said here, if you had purchased the book second hand you wouldn't know it's background and I'd accept that.  I mean hey it has been 6 years....I wouldn't worry about it...my thoughts would be they are not coming from a currently smoking home. 

my 2 cents...

Christy

Date Posted: 4/13/2008 6:24 PM ET
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I have seen a couple RC that mention that the requestor has a severe allergy to smoke.  I that case, I might err on the side of caution and decline those requests.  But as far as others, I don't think you'd have a problem accepting the requests that mention current smoking households.

BTW: Congrats to both you and your husband for quitting and sticking with it.  I know how hard it can be. :)

Date Posted: 4/13/2008 6:48 PM ET
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I've found that when I get a book that smells of smoke I prop it up in a kind of open position and within a few weeks most of the smell is gone.  I would think that in several years they would air out even if they were closed on a shelf.

Date Posted: 4/13/2008 7:43 PM ET
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I decline all requests that has any mention of non-smoking environment because most of  my books come from used book stores or libraries and I don't know where they have been.   I don't want to lose a credit and postage, period, because someone said they smelled of smoke.  I simply can't afford to.

Date Posted: 4/13/2008 8:41 PM ET
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I have a current non-smoking RC due to allergies and I wouldn't have a problem with a book that had been in a non-smoking environment for 6 years. As someone else mentioned, it would be no different from getting a book from a UBS, the past is irrelevant. If I were to get a smoky book and question the person and the reply was a situation like yours, I would accept it not ask for a credit back.

The possibility of a book smelling slightly of smoke is what those of us that use "current non-smoking environment" are accepting. We are not asking for an guarantee, just a lessening of the likelihood of smoke smell.

Date Posted: 4/13/2008 9:27 PM ET
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I decline all requests that has any mention of non-smoking environment because most of  my books come from used book stores or libraries and I don't know where they have been.   I don't want to lose a credit and postage, period, because someone said they smelled of smoke.  I simply can't afford to.

Deonne, that is your choice and right but I seriously doubt you are going to lose a credit if you do not smoke and the books aren't lying around people smoking.  I know that I ask that books not be in a current smoking household and unless the book reeks of smoke (and you would know before you sent the book) I would never mark it RWP or ask for a credit back. 

When people ask for a currently non-smoking environment they are asking where the book is NOW not the history.  We all know this is a used book site and that unless you bought the book brand new you aren't going to know the history.

you might reconsider denying all non-smoking requests especially if the book is not heavily WL'd.  You don't have to, as I said it is your right and your choice to deny the request.