Discussion Forums - Questions about PaperBackSwap Questions about PaperBackSwap

Topic: Smoking RCs

Club rule - Please, if you cannot be courteous and respectful, do not post in this forum.
  Unlock Forum posting with Annual Membership.
Subject: Smoking RCs
Date Posted: 6/11/2009 8:12 AM ET
Member Since: 8/6/2006
Posts: 1,619
Back To Top

My husband is a smoker so I've always automatically turned down any RCs with reference to smoking.  However, he's recently (in the last two weeks) quit.  How long would it take before this would be considered a "smokeless" house?  There's no way I'm going to try to keep up with which books I had before he quit and which ones I got after.  Any ideas?

Date Posted: 6/11/2009 9:13 AM ET
Member Since: 1/24/2008
Posts: 7,092
Back To Top

Did he smoke heavily in your home? If so, it could take a while and would give it months.(I quit six months ago and I swear it almost took that long just to get the smell out of my car) If he was mainly an outside smoker with an occasional light up in the house, I would start giving the books a quick 'sniff test' before sending them out.

Congrats to your hubby for quitting!! :-)

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 6/11/2009 10:14 AM ET
Member Since: 12/27/2005
Posts: 4,135
Back To Top

If he smoked around your books, they will never be smoke free. The smoke gets into the paper and the bindings and even when you open them years later, you can still smell it. Sorry!

The only solution would be to keep track of which ones you got after he quit. If you mostly swap books you obtained here, you can look them up in your Transaction Archive to see when you got them.

Date Posted: 6/11/2009 4:54 PM ET
Member Since: 7/31/2007
Posts: 2,690
Back To Top

I would have to say that all of the books that were in the home when he was smoking would not be acceptable to "not currently in a smoking environment" RC......anything that came in your home after he quit and not stored with your smoking books would be fine for such a RC.

Date Posted: 6/11/2009 4:59 PM ET
Member Since: 2/19/2008
Posts: 2,007
Back To Top

I think Christy nailed it.  If your husband regularly smoked in the house then chances are good that even years from now one of those books will still smell of smoke.

It's up to you if you want to wait six months or a year and then start accepting "not currently in..." requests, but be prepared to refund in case you get a RWAP.

Date Posted: 6/11/2009 5:10 PM ET
Member Since: 7/19/2008
Posts: 15,446
Back To Top

As a person who gets headaches from smokey books, I personally would rather have the sender be overly careful. 

Date Posted: 6/11/2009 5:14 PM ET
Member Since: 5/25/2009
Posts: 55
Back To Top

Yeah... I agree... if he smoked in the house... all the books in the house are likely ruined for those of us who don't want a book that's been smoked around. And even if you can't smell it... chances are we can.

I'd just keep track of your new books, keeping them in a nice aired out area.

Good luck!

Date Posted: 6/11/2009 7:49 PM ET
Member Since: 8/27/2005
Posts: 4,130
Back To Top

I've gotten some moderately smokey books that I've been able to air out so that I don't smell the smoke anymore--of course, they sit with the pages fanned out for several weeks first.  Try airing some out and take them over to a (non-smoking) friend's house for a sniff test.  I guess if someone had alllergies I wouldn't send them, but I think a lot of people with smoking RCs have gotten the ones that reek from several feet away and just don't like the smell.  If a non-smoking friend can't smell anything I would think they'd be okay.