Second-hand smoke can void Apple Mac warranty

By now, most people have heard that smoking is not the healthiest of habits. But two people in different parts of the country recently found out that Apple believes that if you expose your Mac to second-hand smoke, you may be voiding your AppleCare warranty while you’re at it, according to the Consumerist. “Apple store called and informed me that due to the computer having been used in a house where there was smoking, that has voided the warranty,” one owner told the website after taking his Mac in for overheating. “They refused to work on the machine, due to health risks of second hand smoke.” After being denied service at another Apple Store, the second person appealed to Apple corporate – going as high as Steve Jobs’ office. She said that she was told the [damaged] computers were considered a biohazard since OSHA lists nicotine on its list of hazardous materials so its employees could not work on them. While Apple hasn’t made any official comment on the matter, those filing complaints with the Consumerist said that exposure to smoke is not listed in the AppleCare agreement as a reason for the warranty to be voided.

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