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How/Where to relocate a SMOKER (picture)

post #1 of 19
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Due to current global warming and hot weather here in Vancouver, we are forced to open windows the entire summer. However, everything that is in the air passes through into our entire house. Now, smoking is bad, but getting second hand smoke from the neighbor is just annoying and awful. Our entire house smells like smoke but not only that, second hand smoke is far worse than first hand researchers say.

Currently our houses are situated like this as an example:



He would stand right in front of his door and literally all the smoke that rises will enter my house due to the one directional wind from the pacific ocean. But since our houses are so close to one another's, theres not really a real solution, only a compromise.

Its really only been a week, and its annoying already. But for the next 20 weeks of summer, I really need to have a solution asap. I thought about telling him to move more near the sidewalk or tell him to smoke in the back yard, but we still have windows open in the back of our house. If anyone has better solutions then suggestions will be greatly welcomed.
post #2 of 19
Be self-sacrificing and consider yourself blessed to live in a badass neighborhood like that!
post #3 of 19
Get an air conditioner and shut all of the windows.
post #4 of 19
start smoking

I would tell him in a polite way and wait if he has a solution. Unless he's an a-hole I doubt he would want to infect your home with his smoke. And he should understand since he isn't smoking in his house. Or just leave a really nice air filter on his porch with a small note asking him to use it when he smokes.


Or buy a heavy-duty and extremely powerful fan and direct it in his general direction when he smokes.
post #5 of 19
I have the exact same problem with smokers at my apartment complex. They go out front on the walkway to smoke and due to the wind I can smell it inside every time. Since you said the wind is coming from the same direction I think nicely asking him to smoke in his backyard is your best bet.
post #6 of 19
I like the massive fan idea!

I would go over there with a gift of some sort (chocolate) and ask him for a favor, then explain it to him.
post #7 of 19
Tell him smoking causes cancer; he'll quit immediately.
post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by stevenkelby View Post
I like the massive fan idea!

I would go over there with a gift of some sort (chocolate) and ask him for a favor, then explain it to him.
X3 on the first.

X2 on the second.
post #9 of 19
move upwind
post #10 of 19
Buy a paintball gun and everytime he lights the cigarette try to put it out.
post #11 of 19
Very WW1 Patrick, you'd be right at home as a sniper in those trenches.

What harm can asking him to walk down a little to the pavement while he smokes do? At worst he will say no, or say you're overreacting. How often does he go for a smoke? 50 times a day? If its that often then yeah it annoying but I don't see how the diffuse smoke of a couple of cigarettes can cause the degree of problem you seem to imply.

second hand smoke is far worse than first hand researchers say

I'd also like to know where you read that, because it is at best, an inappropriately quoted piece of information for the circumstances.
post #12 of 19
The first thing to do would be to explain the situation to your neighbor and ask politely if they could find a better location to smoke.

I have a foreign neighbor who cooks something that permeates the entire area. It makes your eyes water it's so strong. Every afternoon for several hours it's like that.

If asking doesn't work out try barbecuing some Dog ****? See how they like that.


Mitch
post #13 of 19
Like Steve Martin said long ago, when someone asks if you mind if they smoke, politely ask if they mind if you fart.
post #14 of 19
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Originally Posted by randerson3024 View Post
Like Steve Martin said long ago, when someone asks if you mind if they smoke, politely ask if they mind if you fart.
possibly one of the most cultured of quotes i have heard ever
post #15 of 19
I've been wanting to try those air purifyer fans I see at stores like Brookstone. I believe they'll filter out the smoke and bad stuff that flies around the air. I'm pretty sure they will work, but they are pricey, ~$200 when I visited the mall yesterday.

Anyways, do try talking to him first. If things don't turn out too well, you can always complain to the authorities.
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