Cigarette Smoke Detector

I love watching television. If I can ever use a television program or a movie as an example, I jump at the chance! On a particular episode of “That 70’s Show”, one of the teens was accused of buying marijuana. In an effort to stop him or any of the other teens he hung out with from smoking, one of the father’s gets an idea to put up a smoke detector in their hangout – his downstairs basement. Contrary to popular belief, smoking does not set off smoke alarms. (Unless you are in a bingo hall – man, those people can puff!)

However, there are cigarette smoking alarms now manufactured to detect unwanted smoking. The larger companies that have installed cigarette smoke detectors have ranged from hotels (just let them catch you smoking in a non-smoking room!) to public schools (Sorry – no more smoking in the bathroom stalls). Whether or not this type of a smoke detector is actually a feasible expense, depends upon what it is used for. It seems that this is more of an infringement upon another person’s right, as well as a cheap, easy, and actually legitimate method for hotels to make money.

Say, for example, that you are a smoker. There are no more smoking rooms available at a hotel you are meant to stay at, in order to attend a wedding. Once inside the room, you put all of your clothes away, use the bathroom, call a few friends in town, and have a seat on the bed to wait for a return call. You pop on the television, sit back against the bed headrest, and light up a cigarette. A couple of minutes later, the smoke detector go off. You call the front desk, and they tell you that hotel security is linked to the alarms, and cannot be reset until the fire department gets there. Once the fire department issues that is was a false alarm, the detector is reset, and you receive a phone call from the hotel owners.

To your surprise (and anger), the owners want YOU to pay the fire department bill (for smoking in a non-smoking room), as well as a deionization treatment for the room. The deionization cleans the air in the room, and thereby removes the smoke smell. It leaves a bit of a smell like an electrical charge. This entire episode may seem out of the ordinary, but as a previous night shift desk clerk of a highly recognized hotel chain – it has happened!

Well, if there is one thing to make you think about quitting, it could be the idea that a $275 bill could be waiting for you right around the corner ($225 for the false alarm and $50 to deionize the room). In addition, not only do you have yourself to blame, but also you will have had all of this drama for about twenty-five cents — the cost of a single cigarette. Was it worth it?