High-quality home air purifiers with activated carbon help immensely with both cigarette smoke and odor. While eliminating the source of smoke is the best method of maintaining clean indoor air, HEPA air purifiers can greatly reduce smoke and secondhand smoke in your living space. The key to effectiveness is HEPA style filtration to capture smoke particles and activated carbon to get rid of the odor. Based on customer feedback and testing by our product experts, here are the best of the best air purifiers for cigarette smoke removal.

AllerAir 5000 DS Air Purifier

Austin Air Allergy Machine Air Purifier

AllerAir 5000 Exec Air Purifier

Alen BreatheSmart
75i Air Purifier

Black round AllerAir 5000 DS HEPA air purifier specifically designed to remove cigar and cigarette odor Navy blue Austin Air Allergy Machine HEPA air purifier White round AllerAir 5000 Exec HEPA air purifier Alen BreatheSmart 75i HEPA Air Purifier in White
Price $899.98 $634.99 $799.98 $749.00
Max Coverage 1500 SqFt 1500 SqFt 1500 SqFt 1300 SqFt
Expert Rating Excellent Excellent Excellent Good
Expert Review The AllerAir 5000 DS is specifically designed for cigar and cigarette removal, eliminating harmful chemicals and odors. A military carbon cloth combined with HEPA technology makes the Austin Air Allergy Machine effective at reducing smoke particles and odor. 18 lbs. of odor and chemical absorbing media allows the AllerAir 5000 Exec to capture airborne smoke particles and lingering cigarette odors. When equipped with a Fresh Antimicrobial True HEPA filter upgrade, the quiet and powerful BreatheSmart 75i is excellent for smoke odor removal in large rooms and open concept spaces.
Particles Removed 99.97% 99.97% 99.97% 99.97%
Warranty 10 Year Warranty 5 Year Warranty 10 Year Warranty Forever Guarantee
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Cigarette Smoke Air Purifiers & Smoke-Reducing Tips

The use of tobacco products in the home makes achieving the highest quality indoor air very challenging. The best home air purifiers that utilize HEPA filters and activated carbon technologies are proven to combat the pollution of a smoker’s indoor air, but totally eliminating all smoke particles is difficult if the air is continually exposed to tobacco smoke. However, by taking a holistic approach to your indoor air quality and using appropriate filters, keeping indoor air clean is possible.

Small white Non-Smoking sign on a reflective table

Target The Source
Although fairly obvious to most, the best method to keep your home’s indoor air healthy and safe is by eliminating indoor smoking. However, that is often not a possible solution, especially if you are not the smoker. For families with a smoker in the home, smoking is a real danger, especially to those with compromised immune systems, like allergy and asthma sufferers, infants, and the elderly. Scientific research shows that tobacco smoke, and inhaling secondhand smoke, is hazardous to your health.

Consider The Risks
When smoke is present inside the residence, where the air is 2-5x more polluted than outdoors, the health risks are arguably greater. Even if just one smoker uses tobacco products inside your home, the whole residence, including guests, suffer the harmful effects. By smoking cigars and cigarettes outdoors instead of indoors, the source of smoke particles is removed from within your home.

Allergies Are Made Worse
Allergy or asthma sufferers who live with an indoor smoker may frequently experience sinus problems and allergy attacks. It is common for smoke particles and chemicals in the air to cause asthma attacks and allergic reactions. To keep your home’s indoor air safe, especially for asthma and allergy sufferers, encourage cigar smokers to use tobacco products outdoors or in a designated room. Cigar smoke particles are denser than those found in cigarette smoke, so it is important that cigar smokers avoid contaminating the indoor air with harmful smoke. Cigars emit significant pollution, odor, and smoke particles. With the isolation of the smoker and the source of the dangerous smoke particles, a home air purifier for smoke will more effectively remove any remaining particles, odors, or chemicals in the indoor air.

Not Just Ash & Soot
Indoor air pollution caused by the use of cigars or cigarettes is difficult to get rid of entirely due to the behaviors of the smoke particles once they are airborne. When smoke is released into the home, an extraordinary amount of toxins and contaminants stick to walls, furniture, and many other household objects. The toxins may also adhere to a carpet, bedding, and even light bulbs.

Cheaper Air Purifiers Won’t Keep Up
Once the contaminants from the smoke have attached to objects in the room, they start to off-gas toxins. The off-gassing of the pollutants is a constant exercise, and since the smoker is likely to contribute more cigar or cigarette toxins, an air purifier has a great challenge in reducing smoke cleaning the indoor air. While neither air purifiers nor HVAC filters can intake contaminants that have adhered to household objects, a quality air purifier inside a smoker’s home will work to keep up with new smoke particles. Because smoke toxins are regularly released into the air, we recommend that the air purifier run throughout the entire day to reduce smoke and continually clean your home’s air.

Old man in a suit sitting down, reading a newspaper, and smoking a cigar

An Alternative Way To Smoke Indoors
Another approach is to set up an isolated “smoking room” that is equipped with an outside vented exhaust fan. You can block off any cold air returns and turn the fan on when smoking a cigarette. Once a smoking routine or personal smoking room has been established, an air purifier may be brought in to help clean the air inside your home. Since the smoke is isolated in this scenario, air purifiers will be much more effective at removing any residual smoke particles. By filtering the contaminated air, everyone – including asthma and allergy sufferers – can breathe easier.

A High Performance Air Purifier
The Austin Air Allergy Machine contains a military carbon cloth and a combination of contaminant removers, making it one of the best air purifiers for smoke. Alen air purifiers offer an optional specially-engineered HEPA-FreshPlus filter that contains patented media to absorb odors and chemicals from the air. The AllerAir 5000 DS is the best recommended cigarette smoke air purifier, specifically designed to remove the chemicals in the air that are produced by tobacco smoke.

The following review for the AllerAir 5000 DS says it all:

“I’ve tried all different types of filters and filtration systems to remove the odor and actual smoke from my office/home. I finally came across this unit, and it is amazing!! Nothing compares to it. It is so quiet, and works so well, from the second we turned it on we could see it immediately start to remove the smoke. This unit is 100% worth every penny!” – Laura L.

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