We have a new team lead. He smokes several times a day. We have seperate smoking areas. He goes there and smokes. So far so good but unlike the other people who smoke, he gives a very bad smell. I get a headache as soon as I smell that smoke. I inquired with other people who smoke (one of them seats next to me), he told me its because they chew a chewing gum or eat chocolate or have mints. But apparently this new Team Lead doesn't do this. Should I tell him about this? If yes, how?

  • put an air freshener on your desk. smoking isn't illegal, so you can't force him to stop
    – squeemish
    Jul 23, 2013 at 11:51
  • Or perhaps politely approach him about the issue, possibly offering some of the people's suggested solutions?
    – Stephan B
    Jul 23, 2013 at 12:45
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    I went and told him politely. He was happy to find out why people were shying away from him. He chews some gum after smoking and stays out for sometime.
    – blvdeer
    Mar 21, 2015 at 15:59
  • yay, happy end!
    – René Roth
    Apr 20, 2015 at 12:14
  • make him stop smoking
    – caub
    Jul 11, 2015 at 13:32


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