Posted by: Mandy | 2009-07-21

Smoking in office

Hi Dr.

I recently got employed by a boss whom I didn' t know but smokes in the office and it is a very small office and I' m finding that I' m weezing when I take a deep breath. He will come and smoke in my office and all over the office really. Is the smoke causing the weezing? How do I approach this problem because I thought that in terms of the Law smoking is not allowed in offices and that it was meant to either be done in a " smoking area"  or outside?

The problem is that he is an attorney and I really don' t know what to do and I' m scared that it' s going to damage my lungs inhaling second hand smoke. He smoke about 40 cigarettes per day.

Thanks so much.

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Dear Mandy
He is not allowed to smoke in your working area - please ask your doctor to write a letter saying that you are allergic to smoke and that you have to work in a smoke free zone. If you have a HR person at your firm, please discuss this with her/him?
dr Bets

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