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How to Use Incense to Cover the Smell of Cigarettes

Updated April 17, 2017

One way to get rid of the smell of cigarette smoke is to mask it with another smell. Incense, which has been used since ancient times for religious ceremonies, comes in a variety of scents that will overpower the smell of stale tobacco. Incense is available in various forms, but one of the safest to use is the "cored stick" type, which will not break off or fall out of the incense burner while smouldering. Incense is simple to light, but must be constantly supervised to avoid starting a fire.

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  1. Place the incense burner on a non-flammable surface in the affected room. Place one or more incense sticks in the burner.

  2. Light the incense sticks by holding a match to the coated end for about 10 seconds. The incense sticks should flare up, then begin to smoulder.

  3. Allow the incense to burn until the cigarette smell is covered. Check the incense periodically. Do not leave home while it is burning.

  4. Extinguish the incense sticks by placing them in water.

  5. Warning

    Remember that although smouldering incense has no flame, it is still capable of setting wood and other flammable materials on fire.

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Things You'll Need

  • Cored sticks of incense
  • Upright incense burner made of stone, glass or metal
  • Matches

About the Author

Matthew Huntington has been writing travel articles since 2002. His pieces have appeared in "National Geographic Traveler," "American Way" and "The Miami Herald." Huntington speaks fluent Spanish and has lived in many parts of Latin America, including Ecuador, Guatemala and Puerto Rico. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in European studies from Brigham Young University.

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