How to get rid of cigarette smell – for smokers

    Smoker - all rights reserved to original photographer (creative commons)Getting rid of the smell of smoke isn´t easy, no matter if you´re a real tobacco fan or just an innocent passive smoker. The cigarette smell sticks to your body (hair, fingers), your clothes, and if you smoke indoors, the smoke penetrates to your furniture, your walls, your carpet and other kinds of fabrics, until your house feels like a giant ashtray!

    There are a few ways to get rid of that tobacco smell. Dealing with the smell of cigarettes is different if you´re a smoker or not:

    If you are a smoker, you are likely to be accustomed to the smell, but your house and car probably do smell like a used ashtray, and your significant other and friends are used to your tobacco-scent, whether they like it or not. In this case, the simplest answer to the question "how do I get rid of that tobacco smoke?" is: "Quit smoking!". Besides the odorous benefits, you´ll gain some health benefits, a few more dollars in your pocket, some time to spare, and feel better altogether. Your colleagues, friends and family will probably thank you as well for ridding them from the cigarette smell, as some people suffer from serious breathing problems in reaction to the smell of cigarettes.

    But even if you´re not ready to quit that nasty habit yet, there are some ways that can help improve your image among non-smokers.

    1. Ventilation: No matter where you usually smoke, it is advised to make sure that room is ventilated. Open a window, and maybe even a fan, to draw the smoke outside, away from your apartment and will not let it soak into your belongings.
    2. Smoker´s Lounge: Just like in airports and office buildings, it is advised to limit your smoking to only one area in the house. Make sure it´s well ventilated (maybe even a balcony), and you´ll be able to keep that tobacco smell away from the rest of the house. I have personally known a couple of smokers that stopped smoking after an extremely cold winter, when their smoker´s lounge was their porch, so that´s another way of kicking off that habit.
    3. Don´t let those stumps pile up: keeping dirty ashtrays is the best way to linger that smoke odor. Empty and wash your ashtrays as often as possible, to avoid that. You can also use absorbent materials – there are many commercial products, although even simple baking soda should do the job.
    4. Air purification: There are many commercial products, with different grades of efficacy. Some just mask the smell or deodorize, others "ozonize", "ionize" or bind to the smoke. They only affect the room they´re used in, but if you limit your smoking to one room, they can certainly be effective.
    5. Wash up: After you smoke, make sure to wash your hands thoroughly with soap, wash your face, brush your teeth, gargle with an effective mouthwash and use a strong mint. Personal hygiene is very important in ridding that cigarette smell.
    6. Adopt a "smoking jacket": I had a friend who had a special smoking jacket in his office. Every time he wanted to light up a cigarette, he took that jacket out from a closet, smoked outside while wearing it, and then took it off, brushed his teeth, and was almost odor-free afterwards.

    If you are not a smoker, you might want to use our tip on how to get rid of cigarette smell for the non-smoker.

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