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Cigarette smoke in daughters bedroom

Hi. I just recently moved into a new apartment building. Nearly every day, I am smelling cigarette smoke in my daughters bedroom. She has asthma already and I am worried this will make her sick. I have moved her out of the room but I do not know how to seal the room so that no smoke comes in. Given that the building is made of concrete, I do not know how the smoke is entering as I do not see any cracks. I have smelled around the floor and walls but no one place seems to be the point of entry.

Has anyone ever had to deal with this before or do you have ideas on how to really seal it against the smoke. Is there any way I could test to see where it was coming in? (a device)

thank you in advance for your help.
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Hi. I just recently moved into a new apartment building. Nearly every day, I am smelling cigarette smoke in my daughters bedroom. She has asthma already and I am worried this will make her sick. I have moved her out of the room but I do not know how to seal the room so that no smoke comes in. Given that the building is made of concrete, I do not know how the smoke is entering as I do not see any cracks. I have smelled around the floor and walls but no one place seems to be the point of entry.

Has anyone ever had to deal with this before or do you have ideas on how to really seal it against the smoke. Is there any way I could test to see where it was coming in? (a device)

thank you in advance for your help.
Possibly through the window?
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Re: Cigarette smoke in daughters bedroom

hi. I opened the window and I do not smell anything outside. I am also on the 14th floor, so it is does not seem to be coming from the ground. I also do not smell it in the room that is next to it, which has a window on the same side.
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Re: Cigarette smoke in daughters bedroom

Suggest she changes her brand?
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Re: Cigarette smoke in daughters bedroom

Did you take the apartment with existing curtains (drapes) and/or carpets?
Is there a balcony below where someone is smoking? Depending on your daughter's age, could she be bringing the smoke on her clothes if she has friends who smoke- or could she smoke herself. (I do know many an asthma sufferer who does smoke). Or is there a aeration or humidity vent in the room where the smoke could come in.
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Re: Cigarette smoke in daughters bedroom

That's funny as she is only 3! Not sure where she is picking them up. Thanks for the laugh.
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That's funny as she is only 3! Not sure where she is picking them up. Thanks for the laugh.
Those crazy todlers these days with them smoking habits

Check the room for vents, maybe it comes up from there.
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Old 17.03.2011, 15:44
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Re: Cigarette smoke in daughters bedroom

I know how you feel. Almost every time we air our apartment, the neighbour seems to go outside for a smoke and due to the design of the place, it's always the kids room that fill up with smoke.

Rather defeats the object of airing the place.

To the OP: The apartment, and your child's room are obviously not air-tight otherwise you'd suffocate so the smoke is probably just coming in from outside.
Do your neighbours have balconies where they smoke?

Not much you can do really. It's not illegal to smoke in this country.
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Re: Cigarette smoke in daughters bedroom

I have checked for vents and there is none. The room has ceramic tile. There were no curtains or anything in the apartment from before. There are no balconies on the side of the building where her room is.

The only thing is there is a heating system that does the whole building so the pipes go through all apartments but there doesn't look to be any gaps around it.

thanks for the ideas on the vents though.
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Re: Cigarette smoke in daughters bedroom

One more thing to try - we've go one electrical socket near an outside wall that blows out cold air into the kitchen (unless something is plugged in .

I found out whilst I was trying to work out why that particular part of the kitchen was colder than the rest. The air is being drawn in from outside.

So, may be worth checking your electrical sockets in the bedroom for an air flow (wet lips near the socket work well for this).
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Re: Cigarette smoke in daughters bedroom

Is there any attached bathroom to your daughter's room? we sometimes get this cigarette smell from the exhaust fan/ventilator fan in the bathroom.
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One more thing to try - we've go one electrical socket near an outside wall that blows out cold air into the kitchen (unless something is plugged in .

I found out whilst I was trying to work out why that particular part of the kitchen was colder than the rest. The air is being drawn in from outside.

So, may be worth checking your electrical sockets in the bedroom for an air flow (wet lips near the socket work well for this).
i can see the look on your partners face when he walks in and finds you sitting down there trying to kiss the socket

Good point made .. sockets in our house for TV/Radio (coax) are a tunnel for cold air too - i have filled the gaps and sealed the sides, so far it works..
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That's funny as she is only 3! Not sure where she is picking them up. Thanks for the laugh.


You've been warned.

If it is air blowing through the sockets then you can use child safety plugs to block them up, but I would be suprised if this it he cause, as you would expect someone to be smoking near where the air comes in.
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i can see the look on your partners face when he walks in and finds you sitting down there trying to kiss the socket
This is definitely a time to say - no tongues
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Re: Cigarette smoke in daughters bedroom

Maybe there is a heavy smoker in the flat below and the smoke is going up through the ceiling, and percolated all around the room near the skirtings if there is a gap between tiles and wall?
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One more thing to try - we've go one electrical socket near an outside wall that blows out cold air into the kitchen (unless something is plugged in .

I found out whilst I was trying to work out why that particular part of the kitchen was colder than the rest. The air is being drawn in from outside.

So, may be worth checking your electrical sockets in the bedroom for an air flow (wet lips near the socket work well for this).
I wouldn't recommend that. It is not the best way to discover electrical problems at the same time.

Far better to hold a piece of tissue paper or similar near anywhere that may be a vent.
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Re: Cigarette smoke in daughters bedroom

If you don't smoke or are a reformed smoker, cigarette smoke is particularly pungent and the slightest whiff is quickly detected.

It's probably very little, it just smells a whole lot more
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Has anyone ever had to deal with this... thank you in advance for your help.
Have you tried putting cigarette butts in everyone's mailbox?

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I wouldn't recommend that. It is not the best way to discover electrical problems at the same time.

Far better to hold a piece of tissue paper or similar near anywhere that may be a vent.
I didn't say snog the socket. Just stand near it with moistened lips (lips are very sensitive and the cooling caused by the evaporation will tell you whether there is an airflow around).

Tissue paper is unlikely to be sensitive enough to pick up this weak airflow.
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Re: Cigarette smoke in daughters bedroom

Use some bar-b-q charcoal (not briquettes), crushed up small, and place in an open dish or container. Natural charcoal is supposed to absorb odours.
Alternatively a couple of those fridge odour neutralisers, strategically placed may have the same effect.
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