I think that you have a valid reason for asking your neighbor to move her smoking area even if you weren't pregnant. It's never good to have to deal with second hand smoke, and it sounds like your neighbor would be open to your request. I would simple say that your respiratory system is irritated by smoke, and would she mind moving to an area where the smoke wouldn't blow into your home. I would have a few suggestions for areas that you feel wouldn't allow smoke to come into your home so you're not dealing with her moving to another site that allows the smoke to waft back into your house. Let me know what happens! Cathy
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2/1/12 8:37 P
Was hoping I could get some sound advise on a topic.
I live in a condo community and our neighbor across from our front door regularly smokes outside on her patio which is adjacent to our kitchen. In the winter, this isn't much of a problem, but as the weather warms up (we live in California, so it's already warming up some days), we open our windows and front door to get the air moving in our condo. We don't have air conditioning (can't have it since it's an 50 year old building and HOA doesn't allow it) and don't really need it since we're close enough to the beach to get the breeze.
We own, so we can't move. The smoking has bothered me for a few year now, and now that I'm pregnant, I'm especially sensitive to the smell. We haven't revealed yet that I'm pregnant to anyone, so I don't feel comfortable using that as an excuse to get her to not smoke on her patio.
Does anyone have some reasonable advise as to persuade her to go outside the property (approx 20 feet from her front door) and out of my smell range? She previously smoked on a bench away from her patio, but near my bedroom door. The woman is in her 60s and she's really nice. I think if I was honest with her, she would respect my request -- but I don't want to offend her.
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