Do Air Purifiers Remove the Smell of Smoke Too?

June 06, 2023 6 min read

Do you or does anyone around you smoke cigars, cigarettes, or marijuana? Then your space is probably full of smoke and/or toxins that are not only harmful but also emit an unpleasant smell.

Whether you want to clean up your home or office environment, Your Elegant Bar offers a wide range of air purifiers and smoke eaters - efficient and sleek solutions that leave your space feeling and smelling “fresh”. However, what exactly does an air purifier do? Do air purifiers remove smoke smell? How are they different from smoke eaters?

Let’s find out the answers to these questions and which would be the right option for your needs.

Smoke Your Favorite Cigars without Leaving Behind the Odorous Vapors

Let us start off by saying that second hand and even third-hand smoke are not good for our health and especially if one has little ones in the house, around them, then that becomes a major concern.

Even for businesses, it’s essential to remove the smoke and odor for a pleasant experience for clients as well as employees. The smell of smoke hanging in the air can give the wrong impression and may even be a deal breaker, particularly if your clients or customers are non-smokers. While that would be an unfortunate outcome for any business, it wouldn’t be unexpected from the client’s point of view, considering the rising levels of awareness of the potential health risks posed by second hand smoke and not to mention how unpleasant the odor may be for everyone, smokers included.

In this day and age, one of the major concerns is the quality of air we breathe. From cars on the roads to chimneys in factories, every symbol of modernization chugs out black soot and harmful gases. Even at home, we may not always have clean air to breathe.

The truth is, we cannot do much to change the air in the outside world. What we can do, however, is take steps to ensure that our loved ones breathe clean air at home. For that, we can install an air purifier for smoke, dust, and odor removal. Commercial enterprises and businesses that frequently host meetings or parties that involve cigar smoking may require a higher level of smoke removal, which a commercial smoke eater can address perfectly well.

What are Air Purifiers? Do Air Purifiers Remove Smoke Smell?

You can install an air purifier in the house to clean the air in your house. An air purifier is designed as a suction machine with one filter or multiple filters, along with a fan, so it can suck the air and separate the pollutants from the air. The filters of different air purifiers are made of different materials like paper, mesh, or fiberglass.

What does the air purifiers do:

More importantly though, “do air purifiers remove smoke smell”? Yes, removing the smell of smoke is one of their key functions but they also fulfill a host of other roles. An air purifier:

  • Removes smoke smell
  • Removes odor from the kitchen and bathroom
  • Removes dust
  • Removes stale air
  • Circulates fresh, clean air in the house 

You may also find an air purifier that uses an activated carbon filter for smoke removal. Such a device is in essence a smoke eliminator – it’s specifically designed to eliminate cigarette smoke, cigar smoke, weed smoke, etc.

Difference between an Air Purifier and a Smoke Eater

The main difference between an air purifier and a smoke eliminator is the purpose. While air purifiers are designed to offer a generic solution to clean your home air, a smoke eater is specifically engineered to target smoke, any type of smoke, ranging from the smelly, sooty fume in the kitchen to vape or cannabis smoke.

Do air purifiers remove tobacco smoke? Unlike smoke eaters, the filters of ordinary air purifiers that remove smoke smell might not be so effective at removing hard-core smoke as they may even get clogged by tobacco smog rather quickly. As a result, an ordinary filter may be rendered useless against smoke, being unable to circulate the air and eliminate fresh smoke. Smoke eaters, on the other hand, are designed to handle smoke particles specifically and continue to remove the smoky air from your space, be it a home or business quarter.

What Should I Look For in an Air Purifier?

At the time of buying a new air purifier or smoke eliminator, you must look for the following:

  • CADR rating: The Clean Air Delivery Rate of the purifier is a measurement of the device’s ability to remove smoke, dust, pollen, etc. The best air purifiers for cigarette smoke removal typically have a rating of 300 and above, providing a greater efficiency of air “clean-up”.
  • Size: Look for a purifier that can cater to a larger room than the one you’ll install it in. This will let you run the device at a lower setting, while it cleans the air at least thrice an hour.
  • AHAM certification: The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers offers acceptable standards of efficiency, performance, and safety. So look for air purifiers with the AHAM verification mark.
  • True HEPA filter: Ensure that your air purifier has a HEPA filter that can remove 99.97% particles of 0.3 microns in lab settings. Don’t go for “HEPA-like” filters, as they are ineffective.
  • Electrostatic air cleaner: Some air cleaners have electrostatic filters. One of their advantages is that they’re highly efficient. Another benefit is that they don’t need replacement. 

If you’re specifically looking for a device that can eliminate smoke from the air in your home, look for a smoke eater with an activated carbon filter with heavier carbon.

Why You Need an Air Purifier for Smoke Removal

Let’s face it - pollution affects the air even inside our home. This is particularly true if there’s a smoker at home. Plus, there’s always kitchen smoke when spicy food is cooked in oils with lower smoking points. If you live in a congested area, polluted and smoke-infused outside air will fill your house.

It is not always possible to remove the source of the smoke. Passive ventilation or even ventilation may not always be the answer. So, you need an air purifier to ensure that your family members are not exposed to toxic air or infections.

Your Elegant Bar Leaves your Space Feeling and Smelling Elegant

Do air purifiers remove smoke smell? Yes, in fact, when smoke is a problem at your home or in your locality, an air purifier for smoke smell removal is your best option. A regular air purifier may become slower when there’s smoke. However, a smoke eater is an air purifier specifically designed for smoke elimination. It can handle anything from marijuana smoke to the smoke in your kitchen, even when you’re cooking on high heat

We make it easy for you to enjoy cigar smoking minus the unpleasant after-effects. Are you ready? Here are some of the examples of products for home or commercial use that can be used to remove smoke from your homes or commercial locations.

Let Your Elegant Bar help set you up with the perfect humidor. You can browse through our cabinet, locker, cooler, desktop, or even travel humidors, or get a custom humidor made just for you. Get all your cigar-loving needs met right here.

Air Filtration System

Austin Air Healthmate Plus High Contamination HEPA Air Purifier
Austin Air HealthMate Plus Air Purifier

Rabbit Air MinusA2 Silent HEPA Filter Air Purifier
Rabbit Air MinusA2 Air Purifier

Blue OX1100 Commercial Air Cleaner

Blue OX 1100 Commercial Smoke Eater

SmokeMaster C-12 E-Cigarette Commercial Air Cleaner
SmokeMaster C-12 E-Cig Commercial Air Cleaner


  • Residential and office spaces
  • Portable
  • Removes smoke, odor, toxins, bacteria
  • Individuals suffering from Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS)
  • Individuals in high particle and gas contaminated areas
  • Residential and office spaces
  • Portable / Mounts on the wall
  • Removes smoke, odor, toxins, bacteria
  • Individuals with asthma and allergy
  • Fits rooms with limited space
  • Businesses or mancaves
  • Mounts on the ceiling or wall
  • Removes smoke
  • Optional charcoal filter for removal of light odors
  • Vape shops and e-cigarette bars 
  • Mounts on the ceiling or wall
  • Removes smoke and odor

Coverage Area

1,500 sq. ft.

Up to 815 sq. ft.

Up to 1,000 sq. ft.

1,000 sq. ft.


75 to 400 CFM

Up to 58 to 218 CFM

Up to 1,100 CFM

800 to 1,250 CFM

Noise Level

39.8 to 64.5 dBA

Up to 25.6 to 51.3 dBA

Up to 48 dBA

58 to 69 dBA

HEPA Filter

  • Removes 99.97% of all particles larger than 0.3 microns
  • Removes 95% of all particles 0.1 microns in size
  • Removes 99.97% of all particles larger than 0.3 microns
  • Removes 99% of all particles 0.1 microns in size
  • Removes 95% of all particles larger than 0.3 microns



Let Your Elegant Bar help set you up with the perfect humidor. You can browse through our cabinet, locker, cooler, desktop, or even travel humidors, or get a custom humidor with top-of-the-line humidifiers made just for you. Get all your cigar-loving needs met right here.

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