The majority of Home Base Holidays members indicate in their listings that they want to swap homes with 'non-smokers only' (a tick box option on the membership form). As the number of smokers in many countries decreases, this can appear to greatly limit the number of homes available for exchange to smokers who may, indeed, feel a little like pariahs amongst the large number of non-smokers!
Some members will indicate within their descriptions that smokers who agree to only smoke outside, on a patio or in the garden, will be welcome. This should encourage considerate smokers to approach such members with exchange offers. Smokers should also be up front about their habit and include this information in their own exchange listings, along with a promise to respect an exchange partner's request to not smoke inside their home. Most home swappers who tick the 'non-smokers only' box are concerned about keeping their homes free of the lingering smell of stale smoke (or, worse, cigarette burns on furniture). Many non-smokers will consider exchanges with smokers who show that they will respect their wishes while staying in their home. A couple of recent examples of considerate smoking home exchange members:
Description: 1950s ranch home with hardwood floors, french doors to a screened in swimming pool, lots of light. Safe, desirable South Tampa neighborhood. Walk to Bayshore, Tampa's promenade along the bay. See full home exchange offer and more photos, HE17694
in Maldon, Victoria, Australia: 'Mick is a considerate smoker - he has never smoked in our home and most certainly wouldn't in yours.'
Description: Late Victorian era weatherboard house built by a miner on 2/3 acre. We've tried to give our home a feel of the old days with modern conveniences. Furniture is in keeping with era where possible, although not formal antiques. Small gold mining town, gorgeous well preserved main street. Excellent position for exploring Victoria - day trips, wildlife, history, beaches, towns/cities. 1 1/2hrs Melbourne. See full home exchange offer (very recent listing - photos not yet added), HE18003