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  1. Gina

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    About a week ago I hosted a show that was for a friend of one of my past hosts. I did not know her at all or anything about her. I am allergic to cigarette smoke, and found out that this lady did so upon arriving at her house for the show! I need some advice on how to handle this in the future. How do I go about finding out if this person smokes, and what do I do if the potential host does? Thanks for any and all suggestions!:chef:
     
    Jun 28, 2009
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  2. KaryCam

    KaryCam Member Gold Member

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    Personally, I would just ask up front. This is your health we are talking about and most people would understand, especially if you ask nicely.
     
    Jun 28, 2009
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  3. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

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    I would imagine that most people would understand if, during your host coaching, you asked if they smoke. If so, you could explain that you're allergic and ask if it would be possible for there to be no smoking during the show. Be prepared, though, to get a snarky reply or two or even lose the occasional show. People are people, after all.
     
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  4. gailz2

    gailz2 Senior Member Gold Member

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    I agree with Rae. Perhaps you could even say during the host coaching that you are allergic to cigarette smoke and see if that will be a problem at their house. Luckily there are fewer and fewer people who smoke now, especially in houses.
     
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  5. Intrepid_Chef

    Intrepid_Chef Legend Member Silver Member

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    I have a feeling she would be amenable to that ... I know a lot of smokers who take to smoking outside rather than endanger their loved ones who have asthsma.

    It's the same reason I won't do an outdoor show in the month of June.
     
    Jun 30, 2009
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  6. flemings99

    flemings99 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    Gina: Congrats on doing your first post---You'll love this site & all the knowledge/help you can gain for your biz.
     
    Jun 30, 2009
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  7. chefjeanine

    chefjeanine Legacy Member Gold Member

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    Gina,

    Here is the little blurb that is on the bottom of a sheet I give to the Host with their guest list. This is in "fine" print. For the most part, I've forget all about it because it's rare that I run into a situation (as someone stated above) where people are smoking in the home. However, I do think people read it because there have been times where they seem to be altering their behavior (going outside to smoke) when I’m at the house.

    P.S. I am highly allergic to cigarette smoke. I am sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your attention to this matter. If you or your guests must smoke while I am in your home, please let me know so I can make other arrangements.
     
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  8. Gina

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    My host didn't smoke at all during her show, but it was the permeation of the smoke that was already there that affected me. Thanks so much for the help!

    Gina
     
    Jun 30, 2009
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  9. esavvymom

    esavvymom Legend Member Staff Member

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    And it follows you home. Even my laptop smelled like smoke. :yuck:
     
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  10. flemings99

    flemings99 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    I think this is great. I am very allergic to cigarette smoke as well. Although, it's never been a problem at a show--so far.
     
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  11. AudraKYPCLady

    AudraKYPCLady Novice Member

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    While smoke bothers me (I have asthma), I am highly allergic to cats and can only stand in a house with a cat for around 10 minutes. I never thought this to be a problem until my last host had a cat. Luckily they had just moved into the house and the cat was afraid to come out of the bathroom still. Not sure how I will handle that next time!
     
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