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Cigarette Smoke Smell and Lingering Smell from Cigarettes

Lingering cigarette smells can be frustrating for an adult smoker. The residue a cigarette produces when it burns coats everything it comes into contact with – including walls, sofas and curtains. Over time, the build-up can be difficult to eradicate. For an adult smoker wondering how to get cigarette smoke smells and lingering smells out of clothes, a sofa or from surfaces around the home, there are methods that may neutralize the problem using products from around the house.

  • Vinegar is known to cut through strong smells, such as cigarette smoke, and potentially neutralize them. Vinegar can be mixed together with lemon juice and used as a room spray. It’s also possible to use vinegar directly on surfaces as a cleaner. Wipe down walls and sofa fabric by applying a damp cloth with a vinegar and water solution.
  • Deodorizing sprays can help to mask cigarette smoke and lingering smells if you don’t have the time to undertake a deep clean.
  • Good ventilation can help reduce the build-up of cigarette smoke and lingering smells. Keep windows open while at home to encourage air circulation.

Can Smoke-Free Alternatives Prevent Cigarette Smoke Smell and Reduce Lingering Smell?

Smoke-free products should produce less smell than cigarettes and not generate cigarette smoke smell. However, it should be substantiated on a product-by-product basis.

While a smoke-free alternative is unlikely to get rid of the lingering smell altogether, a device built with years of research incorporated into its design may not smell as much as a cigarette.

With a range of devices like IQOS heated tobacco, you generally won’t have to worry about cigarette smoke smell because IQOS generates no cigarette smoke smell. IQOS leaves less lingering smell than cigarettes.

Nicotine pouches are another smoke-free alternative that might suit the needs of an adult smoker. Nicotine pouches release nicotine, and are typically concealed when placed between the gum and lip. Furthermore, because they are a pouch, they do not produce smoke or vapour, and are therefore likely to cause less nuisance to those around you.

Heated tobacco and e-cigarette devices may present other improvements from cigarettes for adult smokers. However, the best decision any adult smoker can make is to quit tobacco and nicotine use altogether. IQOS is not risk-free and provides nicotine, which is addictive. IQOS are not alternatives to quitting and are not designed as cessation aids.

Further Benefits of Smoke-Free Alternatives

IQOS heated tobacco is one smoke-free alternative. IQOS emits 95% less harmful chemicals compared to cigarettes.* For adult smokers switching from smoking, IQOS provides cigarette-like satisfaction.** Discover IQOS heated tobacco in the online store.

Important information: It does not necessarily equal a 95% reduction in risk. IQOS is not risk-free.

* “95% less” represents the average reductions in levels of a range of harmful chemicals (excluding nicotine) compared to the smoke of a reference cigarette. See Important Information on

** 3 month clinical studies conducted in US and Japan with 160 adult smokers each under real conditions (ambulatory).

Removing lingering cigarette smells from your house can be challenging. If you want to get rid of cigarette smoke smell and reduce lingering smell, smoke-free alternatives assessed on a case-by-case basis may present a potential option.

This article is for general information and educational purposes. Some of the information in this article is based on external, third-party sources and we make no representations or warranties of any kind regarding the accuracy, validity or completeness of such information.

This product is not risk free and provides nicotine, which is addictive. Only for use by adults. 

E producto aki no ta liber di riesgo y ta contene nicotina, cu ta adictivo. Solamente pa usuario adulto. 

Dit product is niet risicovrij en bevat nicotine, wat verslavend is. Alleen voor gebruik door volwassenen.