Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Cigarette smoke

Did you know that a refrigerator that has been in a smoker's house smells like cigarette smoke even on the inside of the refrigerator?  Yes, it does.  Open the door, and the smell will knock you over.

Did you know that a mattress that spends just one night in a smokers house will for weeks reek of cigarette smoke?  Yes, it will.  Even after two weeks of leaving it unmade, having the windows wide open and turning a fan directly on it, it will still reek.  Yes, it will still stink even after vacuuming it and spraying it with Fabreeze.  And even with the air purifier (with the odor remover feature) going it will still stink for at least 4 weeks.

Did you know that after 5 weeks, wood furniture, even after washed, will smell like cigarette smoke?  Yes, it does.

Did you know that cigarette smoke stays in a computer and will eventually damage it?  Yes, it does.

Do you know that walls and wallpaper and carpet can hold stale cigarette smoke smell for more than 20 years?  Yes, they will.

Now, why I know these things:

The refrigerator and the wood furniture came from my brother and SIL's house.  These items were in exchange for what they took of Mom's.  The mattress spent one night up there.  Thank goodness, my SIL didn't like it.  They both smoke in the house.  I have worked my butt off to get rid of the smell.  While the smell isn't gone, it has lessened.  I can still smell it when I come in from outside.  One of the best cures turns out to be LOTS of house plants!

The walls, wallpaper, and carpet are in my house.  No one has smoked in my house for over twenty years (previous owners smoked - we haven't ever smoked).  When we come home on a damp cold day and the house has been closed up, it still reeks of stale cigarette smoke - after 20 plus years.  (We haven't changed some things, because the foundation needs to be fixed first.)

My husband works on computers.  Sometimes he brings home the ones that he has to run diagnostics on.  One day after complaining of the cigarette smell, he had me look at the inside...

Why do I care about the smell?  I'm allergic to cigarette smoke.  Okay, I'm not allergic as in I'm going to swell up and die, but I get all stopped up, a sore throat, and a headache - immediately - even before I smell or realize there is cigarette smoke present.   Sometimes the smell even makes me sick to my stomach.  Seems a few family members have forgotten this.  And, I have spent the past few weeks feeling like I have a cold, but it is "just" allergies.  Yes, I know - gripe and moan.


Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

:-(((( Please... How much longer do you have to be there?

I fully understand you not giving out this info, on your blog. Totally understand! But would you please write me a short email at.... la (dot) attico (at) yahoo (dot) com

Please and thank you.

Oh and me too... I don't "blow up" or "pass out" from my growing list of allergies. But I'm not a happy camper either. And that counts.

PaulaB52 said...

My inlaws smoked. Every single time we'd go to visit them, I'd get sick. It was horrible, trying to sleep on mattresses that reeked the smoke. I'd have to wash every thing once we got home because even the clean stuff in the suitcase would reek.

When E was a few days old, they came to visit us. After holding him, they gave him back to me. I was HORRIFIED to discovered he reeked the smoke.

FIL died from congestive heart failure two years ago this month and MIL died of pancreatic cancer 2 years ago this coming Feb.

SIL's dh had a heart attack and the doctor gave them some medicine to help them quit smoking. In two weeks they were done. All those years they smoked and it takes the death of both parents AND your husband having a heart attack before you quit? I just don't get it. I mean, I know it's an addiction, but like everything else, when you know better, you do better.

PS, this is Motherhen68. Blogger doesn't let me use my name. Not sure what's up with that.

Packrat said...

Aunt Amelia, I will email you.

Paula, there is something really screwy going on with Blogger right now.

weenie_elise said...

when my oma and opa apssed away and we were cleaning out their house, the walls I had always thought to be a pale yeloow actually turned out to be pale blue, because under the pictures on the walls the cigarette smake had been unable to seep into the paint...