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Keeping Cigarette Smoke from Coming Inside

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It is very easy for the smoke from a neighbor's cigarettes to seep into your home. This is a guide about keeping cigarette smoke from coming inside.


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July 20, 2007

My disgusting chain-smoking neighbor sits on his porch and smokes constantly. The smoke wafts gently over to my house which is approximately 100 feet away. The 30 foot high cedar hedge between us does nothing to stop the smoke. The neighbor sits on his ground floor balcony. The smoke comes in my main floor windows which are about 4 feet higher than his balcony. I need fresh air. I was thinking some kind of fan to suck the smoke away from my windows. Where should I place the fan and at what height. My property line is about 20 feet from my windows. Please help if you can. Thank you.

Sharyl from Hollywood, Florida


July 24, 20070 found this helpful
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You can set up a fan in one window, close the other windows, and blow the bad air out of your house. This works quite well, especially if you open a window on the opposite side of the house so the air comes in one side and goes out the other.


You could add a nice perfume scent to the fan blades, but I'm sure you don't want your neighbor to get the wrong message from you!

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April 19, 20130 found this helpful

How can I prevent my neighbour's smoke from coming in my windows without having to keep my windows closed? They smoke in front of their house more than 10 times a day, about 4 people smoking. My house is attached to their house. I have 3 little windows in front and can not circulate air through my house or open my front door without smelling smoke. Maybe I could plant something in between our houses. Help please!

By Loni C.


April 21, 20130 found this helpful

Have you tried talking to them? If they seem approachable you might be surprised at their shock and horror at the thought they've been inflicting their cigarette smoke on you.


Hopefully you and they can brainstorm some kind of solution. If your homes have a back door, maybe they could smoke back there at their side of the back garden? Maybe at the side, or in their private garden area if they have one?

Good luck, I hope things work out for you. I'm a smoker and would be horrified if I found I'd inflicted my smoking on my neighbour-I hope yours feel the same way. You shouldn't have to keep your windows closed to keep unwanted smoke out.

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April 21, 20131 found this helpful

Could you place a fan on your porch aimed at their smoke? Might not be too obvious! Or even place one in your window(s) to blow it back out and away. What a horrible thing to have to experience.


I just can't believe people continue to smoke with all the evidence against it! My sister always tells smokers sitting next to her that she throws up to the left (if they are on her left) when she smells smoke and conversely to the right. Good Luck!

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January 12, 20180 found this helpful

I have been physically ill for the better part of a year, because... according to the apt. complex's manager (also a smoker!), the "rights of a smoker supersede the rights of a non-smoker!" While I am an educated, bright woman (and I've done my research! The idea that "smokers have legal rights non-smokers don't is a complete fabrication!)... If you have someone in a position of authority that makes decisions based on their personal feelings, it will be a rough ride (if you decide to fight the ignorance). I am now to the point, physically, where I have to visit a pulmonary specialist...


a doctor I probably would have never come in contact with (I have never smoked a day in my life), had it not been for this unthinkable situation! Regardless, I will fight till the bitter end... for myself, other non-smokers & all the innocents (babies, young children, the disabled & elderly) who can't fight or speak for themselves.

P.S... There is no logical reason why non-smokers should have to foot the bill for fans, air "purifiers" or anything else meant to keep a smoker's deadly smoke from coming into our homes and our bodies!

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February 17, 20180 found this helpful

We moved 5 times since 2008 because of the disgusting narcissist smokers. We are at our wits ends. Nothing has or is being done. The problem is shared housing and communities. Seems like the managers that run these places are all smokers and side with the smokers. Sorry with left NY in 2008 for Arizona.

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June 19, 20180 found this helpful

Cigarette smokers are NOT concerned with your health. I have a chain-smoker next door. Her patio smells like a pig farm, I can't even enjoy my back yard.


She has a patio on both sides of her house and refuses to use the other side. Don't expect cooperation from a smoker. I told her it triggers migraine, she said it's not her problem.

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September 30, 20180 found this helpful

I support you, even I faced this situation sometimes, somehow or other.

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December 11, 20180 found this helpful

I too am suffering from a next door neighbour constantly smoking. It has affected my health drastically. The housing association won't do anything and yes non smokers are the victims. I've paid out £600 up to now trying to combat this.

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