6 Best Air Purifier’s for Cigarette Smoke [Tobacco]

Science has shown us that cigarette smoke is proven to not only damage our bodies but the bodies of those around us. [1] The advice from the CDC is to stop smoking cigarettes, but it’s not always an easy feat to quit and you may still want to reduce the amount of smoke in the air in your home.

For many, the problem of cigarette smoke isn’t due to their own habit. A family member or housemate may smoke in the house or the second-hand smoke from a neighbor may creep its way into your apartment. The smell of cigarette smoke can stick around for a long time. It can make its way into the fibers of your clothes, furniture, and even wallpaper. Once it’s there, it can be hard to get rid of.

The main issues caused by second and third-hand smoke are: [2]

  • Increased risk of bronchitis in children and infants
  • Coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath
  • Higher risk of lung infections
  • A lingering odor

If you want to smoke indoors or tackle the consequences of others smoking inside, you’ll be best off buying a high-powered air purifier that cleans the air regularly. For issues of smoke from outside your home, you might be able to get away with a smaller unit.

How We Picked Our Top Choices

To get our list of the six best air purifiers for cigarette smoke, we had to look at a few different considerations and take into account:

  • If the issue is first, second, or third-hand smoke
  • The type of filter it uses
  • Your budget
  • The size of your room

In the case of cigarette smoke, our research from experts in the field shows that using a combination of True HEPA/H13 and Activated Carbon filters is most effective in tackling the issues of smells and harmful chemicals. With this information in mind, we then looked at reviews and recommendations from real people and consumer reports to find which units rated highly. By removing any products with fake reviews, our list focuses specifically on air purifiers that are effective in eliminating cigarette smoke in the home.

What Are the Best Air Purifiers for Cigarette Smoke?

1. Medify Air MA-112 V2.0

2. Blueair Blue Pure 211+

3. Bissell air400

4. MOOKA GL-FS32

5. CONWAY AIRMEGA 400S

6. GermGuardian AC4825E

Next, is a detailed review of each recommended unit that we think is best for dealing with cigarette smoke in the home.

1. Medify Air MA-112 V2.0

Medify Air MA-112 V2.0 Air Purifier with H13 HEPA filter - a higher grade of HEPA | Covers 2,400 sq ft - Allergies, Smog, Odors, Smoke, Pets Dander, Dust | Dual intake with 2 filters

First up is the MA-112 V2.0 from Medify Air. This unit is effective in rooms up to 2,500 sq.ft. which is huge for an air purifier of this size. It separates itself from the pack by using 360-degree air distribution technology to release clean air in all directions and has an oversized air chamber that allows it to work in such big areas.

The MA-112 has a dual air intake that contains two sets of filters for maximum efficiency. The three-stage filters are made up of a pre-filter, the HEPA/H13 designed to remove particles as small as 0.1 microns, and a substantial carbon filter to remove odors from cigarette smoke. These filters boast a CADR of 950, which is one of the highest on the market. 

As well as hidden wheels for portability, this unit has a touchscreen panel where you can choose from four fan speeds, program the eight-hour timer, and activate sleep mode. The MA-112 isn’t trying to hide what it is looks-wise. The downside is that there’s no way this air purifier will blend into your room unless you live in a science lab. Overall it can be used to help get rid of the odor from smoking indoors and will eliminate cigarette smoking coming from outdoors quickly.

What we love: 

  • Ideal for open plan/studio areas 

We don’t like this as much:

  • It can get noisy
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Medify Air MA-112 V2.0 Air Purifier with H13 HEPA filter - a higher grade of HEPA | Covers 2,400 sq ft - Allergies, Smog, Odors, Smoke, Pets Dander, Dust | Dual intake with 2 filters
  • Highest CADR 950 & Sq Ft (3,700) coverage on the market for the price.
  • A higher grade of HEPA - H13 Filters (higher rated than True HEPA) 99.9% particle removal.
  • Easily cleans up to 3,700 sq ft in one hour, 2,500 sq ft in 30 minutes, 1,250 sq ft in 15 minutes (CADR 950). This allows you to run the unit on lower speeds and still easily clean the air in your rooms.
  • Touch screen panel, 4 fan speeds, ionizer function can be turned on/off, sleep mode, and child lock.
  • CARB, ETL & Energy Star certified, Genuine Medify M-112 Replacement Filter: B07MTQKJ14, 110 Volt units, USA registered Lifetime Warranty

2. Blueair Blue Pure 211+

Blueair Blue Pure 211+  Air Purifier,3 Stage with Two Washable Pre-Filters, Particle, Carbon Filter, Captures Allergens, Viruses, Odors, Smoke, Mold, Dust, Germs, Pets, Smokers, Large Room (Pack of 2)

Blueair air purifiers pop up regularly on our best-of lists. With a diverse range to choose from, we’ve found the Blue Pure 211+ to rate highly amongst consumer reports at combating cigarette smoke. This unit is optimal in rooms up to 540 sq.ft. and comes in differently colored pre-filters to customize its design.

This purifier uses a three-part filtration system as well as a washable pre-filter. The 211+’s main HEPA filter takes care of airborne particles. The part we’re most interested in is the combined particle plus carbon filter, which uses its layer of activated carbon to remove odors and has a CADR of 350 for smoke.

The main feature of this unit is its simplicity. There are no fancy touch screens or a multitude of buttons. There is only one large button to control its three-speed options. There’s also a built-in LED to indicate when the filter needs changing, which is usually around every six months. Simple, yet effective.

What we love: 

  • Stylish design

We don’t like this as much:

  • No remote control
Blueair Blue Pure 211+  Air Purifier,3 Stage with Two Washable Pre-Filters, Particle, Carbon Filter, Captures Allergens, Viruses, Odors, Smoke, Mold, Dust, Germs, Pets, Smokers, Large Room (Pack of 2)
  • 3-Part Filtration System Captures 99% of Common Airborne PM 2.5 Pollutants Such As Allergens, Odors, Smoke, Mold Spores, Dust Mites and Pet Dander
  • Activated carbon filter removes common odors caused by smoke, pets, cooking, dorm room smells and gases (VOCs) as well as smoke caused by wildfires.
  • Two washable pre-filters come with each unit to capture large particles such as dust and pet hair and can be changed to match any décor. Dark blue and grey pre-filters are included and other colors can be purchased separately
  • Quiet operation enabled by advanced filters that allow for a higher air flow at a lower noise level. Sound level-31 - 56 dB(A)
  • Designed for medium to large rooms between 400 and 600 square feet. (aham rated at 540 square feet.), this purifier is ideal for large bedrooms, kitchens, living rooms and offices

3. Bissell air400

Bissell air400 Professional Air Purifier with HEPA and Carbon Filters for Large Room and Home, Quiet Bedroom Air Cleaner for Allergies, Pets, Dust, Dander, Pollen, Smoke, Hair, Odors, Smart

The Bissell air400 is one of the more stylized units on our list. Its sleek grey design and front screen give it a high tech look and feel. This air purifier works best in rooms up to 1200 sq.ft. and is designed to be continuously running throughout the day and night with its automated night mode functionality.

The three-stage filter is really where the air400 shines. There’s the usual pre-filter and HEPA filter to capture small particles, then there’s its unique Honeycomb Structure Filter. This structure houses 50,000 carbon pellets weighing nearly 465 grams to adsorb cigarette smoke odors and other harmful VOCs (volatile organic compounds) in the home. 

Let’s talk about the screen. Bissell has named this the ‘CirQulate System’. This monitors the air quality in your room, gives you a digital number readout, and indicates if the air is good, moderate, or poor. This unit is ideal for those that often have smokers coming to their home.

What we love: 

  • Air quality sensor is easy to read

We don’t like this as much:

  • Doesn’t auto-adjust fan speed in quiet mode
Bissell air400 Professional Air Purifier with HEPA and Carbon Filters for Large Room and Home, Quiet Bedroom Air Cleaner for Allergies, Pets, Dust, Dander, Pollen, Smoke, Hair, Odors, Smart
  • Every Purchase Saves Pets. Bissell proudly supports Bissell Pet Foundation and its mission to help save homeless pets
  • 3 Stage Filtration. Includes a Pre-Filter, an Activated Carbon Filter and a HEPA Filter which captures 99.97% of 0.3 micron particles and smaller including pollen, dust, smoke, hair, and pet dander
  • Honeycomb Structure Filter. Activated Carbon Filter has a unique honeycomb design filled with carbon pellets to better effectively gasses and VOCs as well as odors from cooking, pets, smoke, and more
  • Automated CirQulate System. Utilizes a PM 2.5 sensor to monitor, report and respond to changes in your indoor air quality by adjusting fan speed as necessary
  • Filters Included. Comes with one HEPA Filter + Pre-Filter and one Carbon Filter

4. MOOKA GL-FS32

MOOKA True HEPA+ Smart Air Purifier, Large Room up to 540ft², 6-Point Filtration, Auto Mode, Air Quality Detect, Odor Eliminator for Allergies and Pets, UV Sterilizer & Ionizer, Air Cleaner for Office & Home, Rid of Mold, Smoke, Odor`

The Mooka GL-FS32 is on the more affordable side. That doesn’t mean it loses out on quality. Accommodating for rooms of up to 540 sq.ft., this unit is great for dealing with second-hand smoke coming from outdoors as it utilizes its oval intake for optimized airflow. 

The Mooka houses a six-dimension filtration and disinfection system which includes a preliminary filter, the True HEPA, an Ultraviolet sterilizer, a negative ion generator, and, of course, an Activated Carbon filter. With a CADR of 300, this unit is a great mid-range option.

As with a few other air purifiers on the list, this unit features an air quality sensor. The colored LED lights that circle the control panel indicate good, moderate, and bad air quality, and the fan auto-adjusts in real-time. With three fan speeds, it can be quiet on low but, once on high, it gets quite loud.

What we love: 

  • Comes with a remote control

We don’t like this as much:

  • The LED lights can’t be manually disabled
MOOKA True HEPA+ Smart Air Purifier, Large Room up to 540ft², 6-Point Filtration, Auto Mode, Air Quality Detect, Odor Eliminator for Allergies and Pets, UV Sterilizer & Ionizer, Air Cleaner for Office & Home, Rid of Mold, Smoke, Odor
  • 6D Filtration System: Mooka GL-FS32 Air Purifier might just be the most versatile air purifier you have ever seen. Equipped with a pre-filter, an HEPA filter, an activated carbon filter, VOC absorption particles, a UV light sterilizer, and a negative ion generator, this air purifier can clean the air in your room in 6 different dimensions. All the main health risks hidden in the air will no longer be a threat to your family and pets.
  • Air Purifier For Large Room: GL-FS32 is suitable to be installed in a room as large as 540ft²(50m²). That said, you can also use it in a much smaller room. In this case, it will clean the air more times in a certain period of time. No matter in a bedroom, office, living room or a whole house, it will perform perfectly.
  • Auto Mode & Sensor: Supported by a built-in smoke and odor sensor, this HEPA air purifier is also a smart odor eliminator. When set at auto mode(see manual), it can adjust the fan speed according to the air quality level in your room. When someone lights a cigarette, or when you are cooking, it will gear up to remove the odor and smoke quicker.
  • Convenient Features: This air purifier has many other convenient features, such as remote control, built-in timer(1 to 8 hrs), night light that can be turned off, preconfigured sleep mode and filter replacement reminder.
  • Quality Assurance: Every unit comes with 30-day No-hassle refund provided by seller and 3-Year Warranty and life time customer support from Mooka.

5. CONWAY AIRMEGA 400S

AIRMEGA AP-2015E(G) 400S Smart Air Purifier, Compatible with Alexa, 1560 sq. ft, Graphite

If smoking indoors is your preference, then this is the air purifier you should consider. It may be the most expensive unit on our list but you get what you pay for. Designed for areas of up to 1560 sq.ft. it’s four fan speeds and dual suction work hard to clear the air of impurities and odor from cigarette smoke. 

The Airmega 400S from Conway uses a set of what they call ‘Max2’ filters on each side of the unit. These combine a washable pre-filter, a True HEPA filter, and a deodorization filter which contains the activated carbon for odor control. This unit is on the larger side but with two sets of filters going at once, you can see why it’s popular amongst smokers.

If you’re into your extra functions, the 400S comes with plenty of them. The unit’s smart sensor monitors air quality, displays it using circular LED lights on the front panel, and will adjust itself automatically to suit the conditions. If that’s not enough, this air purifier connects to your WiFi, allowing you to control the unit with your voice using Amazon Alexa. 

What we love: 

  • Connects to app for control from anywhere

We don’t like this as much:

  • Two filters to replace
AIRMEGA AP-2015E(G) 400S Smart Air Purifier, Compatible with Alexa, 1560 sq. ft, Graphite
  • Coway Airmega 400S room air purifier is designed to accommodate large room sizes up to 1,560 square feet and cleans the air at least two times per hour when used as recommended.
  • Coway Airmega Max2 filter—combined activated carbon and True HEPA filter—captures and reduces up to 99.97% of 0.3 micron particles in the air, including pollen, pollutants and other allergens. It also reduces volatile organic compounds by more than 99% and reduces fumes such as NH3 and CH3CHO. Includes washable and permanent pre-filter to catch larger dust particles.
  • Coway Airmega’s pollution sensor communicates indoor air quality testing in real-time. The brightly colored LED ring lets you know how clean or dirty your indoor air is, every minute of the day.
  • Coway Airmega has five fan modes: Smart, Sleep, Low, Medium and High. Noise level is nearly silent at lower speeds. Max noise at highest setting is 43.2 dB.
  • Coway Airmega is a smart, energy efficient air purifier with a three-setting smart mode to adapt to its surroundings. Fan speed automatically adjusts based on the room’s air quality and lighting conditions to improve air quality.

6. GermGuardian AC4825E

Germ Guardian True HEPA Filter Air Purifier with UV Light Sanitizer, Eliminates Germs, Filters Allergies, Pollen, Smoke, Dust Pet Dander, Mold Odors, Quiet 22 inch 4-in-1 Air Purifier for Home AC4825E

On to our budget pick of the list. The GermGuardian AC4825E is a 22-inch tower unit coming in at under $100. This will fall short for indoor smokers but will do the trick for people bringing in smokey odors from the outdoors. Accommodating rooms of up to 167 sq.ft., it’s great for small rooms and offices. 

Inside the spaceship-looking unit are four levels of purification. The usual HEPA filter and activated carbon filter, a UV-C light to combat germs, and also TiO2 (Titanium Dioxide) treatment to reduce VOCs. 

The controls on this unit are extremely easy to operate. There is a dial to adjust its three different fan speeds, a button to engage the UV-C light, and a light to indicate when the filter needs changing.  

What we love: 

  • The filters are easy to come by and inexpensive

We don’t like this as much:

  • No air quality display
Germ Guardian True HEPA Filter Air Purifier with UV Light Sanitizer, Eliminates Germs, Filters Allergies, Pollen, Smoke, Dust Pet Dander, Mold Odors, Quiet 22 inch 4-in-1 Air Purifier for Home AC4825E
  • 4-in-1 air purifier for home: True HEPA air filter reduces up to 99.97% of harmful germs, dust, pollen, pet dander, mold spores, and other allergens as small as .3 microns from the air
  • Kills germs: UV-C light helps kill airborne viruses such as influenza, staph, rhinovirus, and works with Titanium Dioxide to reduce volatile organic compounds
  • Traps allergens pre filter traps dust, pet hair, and other large particles while extending the life of the HEPA filter. Bulb wattage is 55 watts
  • Reduces odors: Activated charcoal filter helps to reduce unwanted odors from pets, smoke, cooking fumes, and more
  • Quiet operation: The lowest setting can be used as gentle white noise at night for a quiet, restful sleep

Frequently Asked Questions

Do air purifiers help with cigarette smoke?

When it comes to air purifiers, you must choose one with the correct filters for what you need. At the same time, it must match the size of your room and the intensity of smoke that is present in it on average. If you choose an air purifier that checks all three of these requirements, it will help eliminate odors from cigarette smoke as well as capture any harmful chemical components that come with them. The key is to use a purifier that uses a HEPA filter and has a high amount of activated carbon. [3]

What gets rid of the smell of cigarette smoke?

In addition to using a purifier, there are a few things you can do to help get rid of cigarette smoke in your home or office. To start with, keep windows and doors shut when smoking outside and clean your home regularly. You can also leave open containers of charcoal in each room. This works in the same way as a carbon filter but is less intense. [4]

What’s the deal?

We all want our home to be comfortable and odor-free for our family, housemates, and visitors. Smoking indoors is harmful to everyone that is around it and the resulting smell may deter people from coming over. An air purifier will take that offensive air and filter out the toxins and odors leaving you with a cleaner, more pleasant environment.

Which air purifier is best for you?

  • Budget/smaller rooms –  We recommend the GermGuardian. At this price, it won’t rid your home of indoor smoke but it will tackle external cigarette smoke odor creeping into small rooms.
  • For outdoor smokers – We would go for the Bissell air400. It is packed full of activated carbon to eliminate cigarette odors.
  • For indoor smokers – The Medify Air has impressed us with its large coverage and extremely high CADR rating.

Sources

1. CDC. 2020. Office on Smoking and Health. cdc.gov

2. Smokefree. 2020. Secondhand Smoke. smokefree.gov

3. Rabbitair. 2020. DOES AN AIR PURIFIER REDUCE SECOND HAND SMOKE?. rabbitair.com

4. Healthline. 2019. How to Remove Cigarette Smell from You, Your Clothes, Your Car, and Home. healthline.com

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