How to handle neighbor's nocturnal emissions (of cigarette smoke)?
May 21, 2012 4:41 PM Subscribe
Should we ask our new neighbor to lay off smoking in her bedroom, or just do our best to ignore it?
posted by sarcasticah to human relations (26 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My husband and I live in the top-floor apartment in a two-apartment house. A new neighbor moved in about a week and a half ago, and she seems really nice -- I haven't met her yet myself, but my husband has, and he said she's really friendly and nice.
The only issue is, she smokes, and her friends smoke. When they smoke out on her front porch, the smoke smell blows into our living-room windows, but that's not such a huge deal, since the living room is fairly large and airy. At night, though, and sometimes early in the morning, she smokes in her bedroom, and apparently blows the smoke out her window, so it wafts right up and into our bedroom. It's getting warm here, so sleeping with the windows closed isn't an option. The smell drives me nuts (my husband is more able to ignore it). Would it be weird and inappropriate to ask her to stop smoking in her bedroom? And if we were to ask, how can we manage it in such a way that we don't come across and bitchy neighbors? I certainly don't want to be all "you can't smoke in your own apartment!" but... gah, the stink. Help?