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Headache from smoke smell

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Created January 11, 2012 at 9:21 PM

I have a prof who smokes before class and I have to smell his pungent smoker musk all class long. As a result, I get headaches.

Anyone have ideas to solve this? I was thinking of masking the smell by chewing gum or bringing an air freshener.

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on January 12, 2012
at 03:41 PM

Sit further back maybe? I had a math professor who chain smoked during class, lit cigarrettes off the one he just finished. I guess you could get away with it 30 years ago...

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on January 12, 2012
at 08:23 AM

I am really sensitive to this to, but from a colleague.. not sure what to do either. I tend to use a scarf over my face when he comes back in..

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on January 11, 2012
at 11:07 PM

It's the latter.

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on January 11, 2012
at 10:04 PM

Vick's balm under your nose should do it. Assuming you're not overly sensitive to that as well.

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on January 12, 2012
at 02:45 AM

paint stores sell the solution. they make a dust mask with built in carbon for paint odors.

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on January 12, 2012
at 12:42 AM

Ask a counselor or someone in school management to see what should be done. Mention the headaches. It could be as simple as the prof being asked to change his smoke break time until after he's done with your class.

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on January 11, 2012
at 11:25 PM

You can look into a wearable air ionizer. It should kill the smell, but has it's own issues. Not exactly cheap either. Really just depends on which is the worse choice for you.

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on January 11, 2012
at 09:35 PM

By "smokes before class," do you mean to say your prof, prior to teaching, lights up in the room where the class is taught? Or do you mean he smokes elsewhere prior to class, and then he comes to class reeking of smoke?

If the former, is it not against school rules for him to do that? If yes, report him.

If the latter, your sensitivity to the lingering smoke odor is comparable to sensitivity to someone else's perfume. Probably not much you can do.

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on January 11, 2012
at 11:07 PM

It's the latter.

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