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I also received an item that had smoke smell this week, I was not happy about it. It is a lens, and a special one at that. I first wiped the lens down with a damp paper towel, I cleaned the front and end glass with a lens cleaner towelette from Zeiss, very gently, then wiped dry gently with a lens chamois. I tossed the leather bag he sent it in, a nice gesture if he didn't smoke, I think it's actually laying in the bed of my truck after I threw the boxes away today I had. I threw everything away it came in, box, bubble wrap. I want no part of it. As an Ex smoker, I am among the most particular about this there is.
In my opinion, it should be REQUIRED to declare if you are a smoker with the sale of all used Photographic equipment. I forgot to ask this time. He said it had been kept in a non-smoking portion of his house. Well, let me just say that plan didn't work out so well. If you smoke in a house, you smoke, if you smoke in a car with the gear, you smoke. It permeates everything, I hate it so bad. I forgot to ask on the last 2 items i bought, I got luck on my D800E, non-smoker. The lens, I lost but it will clean up eventually. He said he hadn't owned it to long. The bag, he may have had for a while.
Jon, smokers smoke around most things they own. For one, a smoker cannot smell smoke oder the same way a non-smoker does. So, other than smoke film on glass in a car, he or she probably sees it as a non-issue.
The cillia inside their nasal passages is probably burned off, therefore they do not have that sensitive level of smell that a non-smoker typically does, bad allergies excepting... I know because my level of smell increased drastically, and I could smell that bad smoker oder then. I stopped and thought, what had I been putting people through for years. I couldn't believe it. Good news for anyone buying used from me that I bought new, it's all smoke free. I have been quit longer than I have had a Nikon habit. :-) In fact, I probably paid for a good bit of my Nikon habit with what used to be Cig. money! That's a positive thing.
If you smoke quit, if you don't smoke, don't start.