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Dec 13, 2023

Cigarette Smoke Smell and Lingering Smell from Cigarettes

Lingering cigarette smells can be frustrating for an adult smoker. The residue a cigarette produces when it burns coats everything it comes into contact with – including walls, sofas and curtains. Over time, the build-up can be difficult to eradicate. For an adult smoker wondering how to get cigarette smoke smells and lingering smells out of clothes, a sofa or from surfaces around the home, there are methods that may neutralize the problem using products from around the house.


  • Vinegar is known to cut through strong smells, such as cigarette smoke, and potentially neutralize them. Vinegar can be mixed together with lemon juice and used as a room spray. It’s also possible to use vinegar directly on surfaces as a cleaner. Wipe down walls and sofa fabric by applying a damp cloth with a vinegar and water solution.
  • Deodorizing sprays can help to mask cigarette smoke and lingering smells if you don’t have the time to undertake a deep clean.
  • Good ventilation can help reduce the build-up of cigarette smoke and lingering smells. Keep windows open while at home to encourage air circulation.


Can Smoke-Free Alternatives Prevent Cigarette Smoke Smell and Reduce Lingering Smell?


Smoke-free products should produce less smell than cigarettes. However, it should be substantiated on a product-by-product basis.

While a smoke-free alternative is unlikely to get rid of the lingering smell altogether, a device built with years of research incorporated into its design may not smell as much as a cigarette.

With a range of devices like IQOS tobacco heating device, you generally won’t have to worry about cigarette smoke smell because IQOS generates no smoke, unlike cigarettes. IQOS ILUMA leaves less lingering smell than cigarettes.*

* 90% agreement amongst 674 adult consumers in Japan and Italy, 2020 – 2021.


Tobacco heating devices and e-cigarette devices, while not without risk, may present other benefits for adult smokers compared to cigarettes. However, the best decision any adult smoker can make is to quit tobacco and nicotine use altogether. IQOS is not risk-free and provides nicotine, which is addictive. IQOS is not alternative to quitting and is not designed as cessation aids.


Further Benefits of Smoke-Free Alternatives


IQOS heated tobacco is one smoke-free alternative. IQOS emits on average 95% lower levels of harmful chemicals compared to cigarettes.*

Important information: This does not necessarily equal a 95% reduction in risk. IQOS is not risk-free.

* Reductions in levels of a range of harmful chemicals (excluding nicotine) compared to the smoke of a reference cigarette.


The latest device in the IQOS tobacco heating range, IQOS ILUMA is a culmination of years of research and expertise. With all the benefits of previous IQOS devices, IQOS ILUMA features a SMARTCORE INDUCTION SYSTEM™ technology. IQOS ILUMA produces less smell during usage compared to previous generations of IQOS.*

* 75% agreement amongst 726 adult consumers in Japan and Italy, 2020 – 2021.