Can Activated Charcoal Eliminate Cigarette Smoke? Explained


If you’re a smoker, you know how hard it can be to kick the habit—and not just from the physical addiction that makes it so difficult to stop lighting up. Cigarette smoke is also hard to eliminate in your home or car. It also sticks to your clothes and hair, meaning that even if you’ve kicked the smoking habit, you may still smell like cigarettes. Luckily, you don’t have to live with this smell or get used to smelling like an ashtray.

Which is the fastest way to get rid of cigarette smell?

Cigarette smoke will eventually go away when it is exposed to the air. However, it can take up to a month in a home or office for the smell to dissipate. If you want the smell gone right now, you need to use an odor eliminator. You can buy commercial products or make your own by mixing water and baking soda in a spray bottle and spraying the mixture on surfaces that have absorbed odors.

Vinegar is powerful in taking out cigarette smoke because of its acetic acid content. It also has antibacterial properties, which are great for eliminating other smells. 

There are a few ways to get rid of the cigarette smell with vinegar: sprinkle some dry coffee grounds in areas where people smoke; pour white vinegar into a bowl and let it sit overnight; boil some apple cider vinegar; or mix two cups of white vinegar with one cup of lemon juice in a pot over medium heat until they both come to a boil.

To get smoke out of the house, follow these steps: 

  • First, open windows and doors to allow fresh air inside; 
  • Second, do laundry with a good-smelling detergent such as lavender soap so that clothes start off smelling fresh; 
  • Third, wipe down all wooden furniture using distilled white vinegar diluted with water (1 part vinegar to 4 parts water); 
  • Lastly, vacuum carpets at least once per week.

Can charcoal get rid of cigarette smoke?

Charcoal can’t eliminate cigarette smoke, but it will help eliminate the odor and soot. If you’re looking for a way to remove the smell, you can also try scented candles or an air purifier. Be sure to change your furnace filter regularly! Keep your windows and doors open if possible. 

What kind of charcoal absorbs cigarette smoke?

The kind of charcoal that absorb cigarette smoke is called activated charcoal. Activated charcoal is usually created from coconut shells, but you’ll find it on ingredient lists like bamboo coal. It’s marketed as a way to eliminate toxins in your body after eating something terrible like dairy products that cause gas. Due to its adsorptive properties, it was first used as an antidote for poisonings and overdoses.

Activated charcoal works well because its tiny pores create a large surface area. They can capture more things than many other types of materials. Plus, these pores are just the right size for getting into crevices and hard-to-reach places where smoke has settled over time.

The best cleaner to remove nicotine from walls can be found in the form of activated charcoal. It binds with the chemicals that make up cigarette smoke and removes them from the air, making your home a much healthier place. Even if you don’t want to do anything about smoke stains on your walls, activated charcoal is still a great option for those looking for ways to detoxify their homes.

What gets rid of cigarette breath?

After smoking the cigarette, smoke can stay inside you for up to 12 hours, which is not only a foul odor but also means that it’s still being absorbed into your lungs. And even if the charcoal might help absorb some of those toxins, eliminating them would still be impossible. 

The best way to stop cigarette breath is by brushing your teeth or chewing on some parsley leaves. If you want something more drastic, there are natural kinds of toothpaste with ingredients like xylitol and essential oils that will help eliminate any lingering odors in your mouth.

Nicotine stays in your stem for a while after you stop smoking. It is also important not to eat foods with lots of spices because they will make your breath worse than just being a smoker. When you brush your teeth, use antibacterial toothpaste and avoid eating any type of citrus fruit like oranges which can also cause bad breath.


The claim that activated charcoal can remove cigarette smoke is technically true, but it is not an immediate process. It also won’t completely remove the smoke smell because how it only adsorbs onto particles, meaning you still need to work on removing the odors.

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