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How Not to Stink From Cigarette Smoke

Updated February 21, 2017

While the rights of smokers might be a controversial and debatable issue, most nonsmokers and smokers can agree about the unpleasant and often repellent odour of cigarette smoke. Even if the smell of cigarette smoke doesn't bother the average smoker, most know it can offend others, making the need to not reek of cigarette smoke necessary for smokers attending job interviews and meeting new people. Fortunately, there are measures you can take to reduce the smell of cigarette smoke on your person, whether you're a smoker or live in a smoker's home.

Ask smokers, including yourself, to smoke in front of an open window or outside if possible. This will prevent the smoke from being contained and clinging to things in the room. If outside, stand so the wind blows the smoke away from you and any nonsmokers with you.

Purchase an air purifier or keep windows open and the air conditioner on during and after every time you smoke indoors or when others smoke. This will prevent the smoke smell from clinging to your environment and to you. Burn scented candles to conceal the odour.

Brush with a whitening toothpaste after every cigarette if you smoke. Follow with mouthwash and a breath mint. Biting into pungent fruit, such as an orange or grapefruit, also works. For nonsmokers and smokers, spraying yourself with perfume can cover the smell of cigarette smoke on your person.

Wear a smoking jacket if and when you smoke to prevent the smoke smell from getting onto your clothes. If you have long hair, clip it back. Nonsmokers can do this also to protect their clothes from the odour.

Change ashtrays diligently. A singe ashtray can make a room smell like cigarette smoke and thus you and your clothes as well. Fill ashtrays with baking soda to absorb the smell.

Things You'll Need

  • Air purifier or air conditioner
  • Scented candles
  • Toothbrush
  • Whitening toothpaste
  • Fruit
  • Perfume
  • Smoking jacket
  • Hair clip
  • Baking soda
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About the Author

Lane Cummings is originally from New York City. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in dance before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in literature and her Master of Arts in Russian literature at the University of Chicago. She has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she lectured and studied Russian. She began writing professionally in 2004 for the "St. Petersburg Times."