AIBU: smoking in the shed?

(53 Posts)
Stainless Thu 23-Jan-14 17:37:27

Hello all! Just wondering if my SIL is BU asking my partner and I to 'smoke outside in the shed' in our garden from the moment her baby is born? She feels the smoke 'will permeate' our 'soft furnishings' in our home, and as such, the smoking ban and shed rule would apply at all times, not just when she and the baby visit...... AIBU to expect to smoke in my own home when they're not there, and not feel like the worst Aunt ever? I'm more than happy to be banished to the garden when they do visit, of course, but the rest of the time....? Hmm! Any thoughts appreciated! smile

MyNameIsWinkly Thu 23-Jan-14 19:20:24

Fabreze won't make a damn bit of difference to smoky furniture.

DSis was gifted a second hand sofa when she moved into her first house. It came from a smoker's house and she was never able to get rid of the smoke smell. She had to get rid of the sofa.

Even if you only smoke in the kitchen, and you fabreze and open windows, if your SIL is a non-smoker your house will reek of smoke to her, sorry.

I was dragged to smoky houses as a child. It made me feel sick, and certainly contributed to my asthma that still persists. I will NEVER take my baby to a house that people smoke in.

DontmindifIdo Thu 23-Jan-14 19:24:42

Not to those houses at all, I also won't have anything from a smokers house in my house.

It's not just the smell (which is pretty grim), it's the health issue.

Stainless Thu 23-Jan-14 19:26:53

To be fair, and totally irrelevant (and also a bitch ;) ), SILs house reeks of cats.... Ah families, it's never easy, eh? smile

matildamatilda Thu 23-Jan-14 19:29:10

Yeah cats don't give you cancer.

I wouldn't bring a kid to a smoker's house.

Being serious, my friends mum smokes and she finds it tricky. Her DC's are older now and ask their Grandma to stop smoking (they have done smoking danger stuff at school).

When ever she stays at her Mums she washed all of the clothes that they took with them (dirty or not) along with any new clothes that her Mum has bought for the DC's.

Perhaps your sister will be better visiting in the summer when you can be in the garden? (My faith in frabrize is obliviously misplaced...)

Stainless Thu 23-Jan-14 19:32:11

Matlidamatilda: I know cats don't give you cancer, was just trying (failing!) to make a joke) blush. If nothing else, this thread has made me realise I will love this baby more than my cigarettes and maybe it's time for a change. It's not worth falling out with family at the end of the day. sad

Scarletohello Thu 23-Jan-14 19:33:14

Tell her to not come to your house. Fss! Is she a total control freak??

It would depend on the smell level for me. If I was bringing the baby home stinking of smoke, I wouldn't either, sorry.

Stainless Thu 23-Jan-14 19:34:42

Yeah a total control freak (and a twelve years older than me), she's very good at making me feel about an inch tall angry

matildamatilda Thu 23-Jan-14 19:37:06

Well she has no right to boss you around in your own home. If it's too smokey for her then she just won't visit, right? You can go see the baby at her house. What's the problem?

He or she will love you too Stainless, aunties are great. Good luck if you do decided to give up.

specialsubject Thu 23-Jan-14 19:38:12

your house will stink of smoke if you smoke in it. As will you if you smoke.

But it is YOUR house and your clothes. Your call.

SIL can't dictate what you do there. What she should say is 'sorry, but as you smoke in your house I can't visit'.

DontmindifIdo Thu 23-Jan-14 19:38:16

If it makes you reassess smoking, that's great. In real life I'd not want to be rude to a smoker friend/family member so would make excuses to avoid their home, that does mean a lot of smokers get left out of things and don't realise why.

Smoking makes you (and all your stuff) smell, costs you lots of money, ruins your skin and can give you cancer, there's a lot of reasons to quit other than to keep your hard work SIL happy... grin

GhostsInSnow Thu 23-Jan-14 19:38:30

YANBU, but....
My best friend smokes, she used to smoke in her house. At the time I was also a smoker so I didn't really notice. I stopped about 4 years ago and after that I had to cut back my visits to her because even though she didn't smoke when I was in the house with her it really did smell.

When I visit her and come home I literally have to get straight into a shower, wash my hair and change my clothes. Perhaps it's just me thats become extra sensitive to it.

I agree it is your home and as such if you want to smoke in it then she has no right to dictate you don't, however, I can see why she wouldn't want to bring a baby into the environment.

Stainless Thu 23-Jan-14 19:38:38

Thanks ThereIsNoEleventeen, despite my moaning, I actually can't wait!! grin

MyNameIsWinkly Thu 23-Jan-14 19:42:38

stainless you sound lovely, and very open minded. Not a lot of people would take some of the replies you've had here as well without getting defensive. I reckon you'll be a wonderful auntie, it is a fantastic feeling smile

LyndaCartersBigPants Thu 23-Jan-14 19:43:59

I deliver parcels as a job and sometimes when I've just been standing at the door of a smoker's house for 30 minutes I get back in the car and I can still smell the smoke at the back of my throat.

If you smoke in your house then yes it probably does smell bad to non smokers and I wouldn't want to take a newborn into a smoker's house. Don't be surprised if she doesn't visit you as often, as even opening windows on the day won't get rid of the smell that lingers in the fabric etc.

When you buy from eBay you'll notice people say 'from a smoke and pet free home' because they know that even furniture picks up the smell of smoke or dogs that people who live with them don't notice.

So no, you don't need to smoke in your shed but only if you won't be pissed off that she doesn't want to visit you anymore.

LyndaCartersBigPants Thu 23-Jan-14 19:44:13

I mean 30 seconds!

Stainless Thu 23-Jan-14 19:44:31

HoneyImHolmes: given you're an ex-smoker, that's really interesting to hear that side if things. I wonder if you've extra sensitive nostrils now? SuperSnoz grin

LyndaCartersBigPants Thu 23-Jan-14 19:45:56

Ah, just read your recent post, it would be lovely if your new dN gave you a reason to give up. What a great aunty. thanks

Stainless Thu 23-Jan-14 19:50:36

Thanks folks! I think in all honesty I've been deluding myself about my 'open back door will fix everything' mentality! blush.

GhostsInSnow Thu 23-Jan-14 19:53:14

Stainless, I can smell cigarette smoke at 100 yards. DH finds it amusing. My next door neighbour is a heavy smoker and smokes in bed. In summer when the windows are open I can smell her smoke in my bedroom.

It's taken a while to get to this stage, probably 12 months before smelling it bothered me, before that it was more 'oooh I could kill for a smoke' when I smelled it grin

Good on you though, sometimes a bit of inspiration to stop is a great thing and a lovely little Niece would be brilliant.

SofaKing Thu 23-Jan-14 19:54:44

The smell might be worse for her because she is pregnant? I used to feel sick with ds1 when I had to go to work and pass through a shopping centre where smokers would congregate outside the doors. I found it really overpowering and was nearly sick.
Once ds1 was born I'd happily take him to the same shops and barely wrinkle my nose at the smell, instead of feeling sick and practically fainting.

I would talk to her about it once her baby is born and see if you can reach a compromise about neutral ground.
I agree you sound like a fab Auntie to be considering giving up smoking for your nephew or niece :-)

granny24 Thu 23-Jan-14 19:58:46

We don't smoke but are not at all precious about friends that do. Mostly they smoke in the kitchen and when they leave we open a window. Give it an hour and it's fine. Second hand smoke is a health hazard but smells are not. Personally I find the smell of most air fresheners repulsive and houses that are over cleaned often give me asthma due to chemical fumes. Presumably sil won't ever push her buggy anywhere near main roads. Get a grip.

Stainless Thu 23-Jan-14 20:03:31

@granny24' I did think that! I wonder what she'll do if anybody lights up on the street when she's pushing the pram. The funny thing is, she is an ex smoker too who is also considerably overweight, and I wonder if deep down she's trying to almost 'make up' for things by jumping on me so hard.... confused

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