Sophist- That's my main concern, too. When I lived in my first apartment my downstairs neighbor was constantly smoking pot and it really, really aggravated my sinus problems (not to mention upped my stress level like crazy). Before he'd moved in there was a family that smoked cigarettes, but probably were not heavy smokers as we'd only smell it in my roommate's closet. If it happens to be that small and localized kind of smell I think hopefully I could tolerate it for awhile at least.
Goddess- I'm very sensitive to most smells, so I can't really tolerate candles or incense either. Noise and smell are my most prominent sensory issues, which is why I'm having a rough time with these things, I think.
I'm not sure if a fan would work or not, I'll consider it. I am thinking about a white noise machine which I guess if it helps would have the same effect. My refrigerator is also rather loud, but the noise is not as high pitched and irritating so when it kicks on it tends to buffer at least a little bit of the restaurant fan noise.
At the moment there is heavy construction going on on my street so I may actually welcome the fan sound at this point when I can hear it again
. I knew they were doing work around this area, unfortunately it seems that this particular street is getting worked on just as I've moved in
. They are retooling all of the pipes throughout the city and have been going up and down the main street here for months. Hopefully they won't be on my street in particular for too long.