I just received a used textbook from an Amazon reseller. It's a large paperback book and in good physical shape, the spine isn't even cracked, but as soon as I ripped the packaging open, I could smell the smoke.
It's bad enough that holding the book for just 2 or 3 minutes transfers that nasty old, tarry dead cigarette smell to my hands, and it's made the room where it's sitting smell bad too.
There's no way I can spend a semester trying to study from this thing as it is.
Someone please tell me you have some tried and tested method of dealing with this. If I didn't have a test in a week, I'd send the book back and demand an exchange, because it's purely disgusting. The book was advertised as being in excellent condition, and this certainly isn't.