The air purifiers we recommend for cigarette and cigar smoke

Our recommended air purifiers for dealing with cigarette smoke based on data from 55 hands-on performance tests
Updated on May 13, 2024
Written by
Danny Ashton
Danny is the founder of HouseFresh and has been writing about air purifiers and indoor air quality since 2010. He is our lead tester, conducting all the tests we use to evaluate air quality products. That is why you will always see his name attached to our reviews.

According to the CDC, 3.5% of all adults in the U.S. smoked cigars in 2021; if that’s you, then you most likely don’t mind the odor, but that potent smoke can travel far.

In fact, cigar and cigarette smoke can enter your home from neighbors or even from one person smoking as they walk by. The smell is pervasive and can make it hard to sleep or spend time in a room where the smoke has invaded.

We all know the dangers of secondhand smoke. Still, the smoke particles from cigarettes can even cause thirdhand smoke, a residue of toxic particles that becomes embedded in furniture, carpet or walls. Third-hand smoke particles can last for years and remain toxic as long as they are present in your home. 

While there are things you can do to clear the smoke from a room, a long-term effective solution is to get an air purifier, which will allow you to remove the smoke particles and odors before they cause you harm.

Most guides to the best air purifiers are nothing more than a list of the latest best sellers.

Famous magazines might say they have a lab where they carry out “rigorous tests,” but if you dig a little deeper, you won’t find any real evidence of these claims in the form of actual performance data.

Since 2020, these big media publishers have identified recommending air purifiers as a potential new revenue source along with every other consumer product, from hair straighteners to air fryers. The result? Lists that recommend air purifier models with juicy affiliate commissions regardless of air cleaning performance. For the most part, the writers of these publications don’t even bother checking third-party lab reports like those from the AHAM Verifide program.

Sadly, they are getting away with it as an air purifier work is hidden. You might think your air is clean, but if you don’t use a high-grade laser sensor, you won’t know if a device is doing the job you hoped it would.

You might be wondering how can they be ranking so highly on Google and the simple answer is this: they weaponize your trust in their decade-old magazines and Google’s trust in their long-standing websites.

At HouseFresh, we have been writing about air purifiers since 2010 and if you read any of our reviews, especially for products we found to be sub-par, like the Molekule Mini, Aroeve MK01 and PuroAir HEPA 14 240, you can see that we truly care about making consumers aware when brands try to dupe them.

All the recommendations you read on our site are air purifiers we have personally reviewed, including performance tests to compare units side-by-side, sound level measurements at each fan speed, energy consumption readings, long-term cost calculations and in-depth feature analysis. As of the publication of this post, we have performed over 61 in-depth performance tests that provide us with a ton of original data that gives us confidence that our best air purifier recommendations will match the job required.

We know that cigarette smoke is one of the hardest types of pollutants to remove, so we only included the best-performing devices from those we have tested and looked for rapid particulate removal, a large carbon filter for dealing with gasses and odors from this type of smoke.

As always, if you have a use case we haven’t covered or just want to ask about our process, email me directly:


You should be aware that no consumer air purifier can reduce the risk of lighting a cigarette in your room. There are many dangers of this beyond just the particles and odors, and we recommend you always go outside or, if you have the funds, look at a commercial smoke eater device, but be aware that you are looking at costs of $3k and up.

Staff picks: Top 3 air purifiers for cigarette and cigar smoke

For those eager to know what our top recommendations for dealing with smoke are, here are three solid options:

IQAir Healthpro PlusWinix 5500-2Mila Air
AIR CLEANING SPEED ⚡24 minutes20 minutes with PlasmaWave ionizer
22 minutes without PlasmaWave enabled
35 minutes
CADR 👩‍🔬250 CFMSmoke: 232 CFM
Dust:  243 CFM
Pollen: 246 CFM
Smoke: 140 CFM
Dust:  146 CFM
Pollen: 152 CFM
FILTER TECHNOLOGY 💨HyperHEPA and V50-CELL gas and odor filterPlasmaWave, removable pre-filter, washable activated carbon filter and True HEPA filterHEPA (ranges from H12-H14) + Activated charcoal (granular carbon)
MAX ROOM SIZE 📏1125 sq. ft.360 sq. ft.1000 sq. ft.
WEIGHT ⚖️35 lbs (16 kg)14.8 lbs (6.7kg)18 lbs (8 kg)
OUR REVIEW 🔍IQAir Healthpro Plus reviewWinix 5500-2 reviewMila review
PRICE 💵$899.00$159.99$419.99

Last update on 2024-05-18 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

For a more comprehensive guide to the best d air purifiers and why they’re good options against cigarette and cigar smoke, be sure to check out the full article below. 

1. Best overall: IQAir HealthPro Plus

The original air purifier company founded in 1963, the HealthPro Plus has 5lbs of activated carbon with powerful HEPA performance.

When I finally got my hands on the Swiss-made IQAir HealthPro Plus, I was impressed that this device came with a hand-signed certificate from the factory. IQAir tests every single unit before they leave Switzerland to get delivered to you. It’s not cheap, but will you get one of the finest air purifiers on the market. 

The unit is big, housing three stages of filtration: a lab-certified HyperHEPA for fine and ultra-fine particles, a considerably thick pre-filter for more coarse particles and debris, and a massive 5lbs of activated carbon for gas and odor. 

Even with such a dense set of filters, it managed to clean our test room in 24 minutes in our particle removal test. This requires a powerful fan drawing the air in and yet, at the lowest fan speed, the Healthpro Plus is whisper quiet — only a noise output of 36.9 dB. 

What we really like

If you have the money, this is the device we believe is the best in the market for dealing with particles and gasses from cigarette and cigar smoke.
It has a large 5lbs activated carbon/zeolite mix for dealing with odors and gases and yet still has good performance at removing particles from the air.
In our performance test, it removed the tiniest particles from incense smoke, measuring 1 micron, in just 24 minutes.
It comes with a 10-year warranty and even has a hand-signed certificate from the factory showing how much airflow it was capable at each fan speed.

What we think could be better

Nearly $900 to buy but for those wanting to deal with smoker odors and particles long term then this is the device we recommend.
Long-term costs are high but you get some HyperHEPA and large amounts of carbon but for those on a budget could be problematic.
Design isn’t the most innovative – very utilitarian in looks.

It’s not cheap at nearly $900 but if I was forced to choose one air purifier, then this is the device I would pick, especially when dealing with any type of smoke. IQAir has so much trust in their unit that you can watch a video of the CEO of IQAir who uses this device to breathe and drop a smoke bomb into a small sealed room.

The Healthpro Plus is a long-term investment. HyperHEPA filters need replacing only every four years and the V5-Cell gas and odor filter every two. That’s more than double when compared to the average filter lifespan. Besides, you get a 10-year warranty when you purchase the unit.

HouseFresh rating:★★★★★
Time to clean our 728 cubic feet test room (with the device running at top speed):24 minutes
Air purifier technology:HyperHEPA and V50-CELL gas and odor filter
Recommended room size (4.8 air changes per hour):1125 sq. ft. 
Clean air delivery rate (CADR):Dust: 250 CFM (HouseFresh estimate)
Dimensions (in inches / in cm):28H x 18W x 16D inches (71H x 38W x 41D cm)
Weight (in pounds / in kg):35 lbs (15.88 kg)
Filter life:4 years
Noise level (measured from 3 ft. away):Speed 1: 36.9 dB
Speed 2: 37.2 dB
Speed 3: 40.9 dB
Speed 4: 47.2 dB
Speed 5: 53.9 dB
Speed 6: 61.2 dB
Electricity consumption in watts (recorded with an electricity usage monitor):Standby mode: 1 watts
Speed 1: 16.5 watts
Speed 2: 32.7 watts
Speed 3: 47.3 watts
Speed 4: 69 watts
Speed 5: 94.3 watts
Speed 6: 145.2 watts
Estimated running costs (electricity consumption + filter replacements):$421.47 per year
Cost per CADR cfm (based on dust CFM as reported by AHAM):$3.60
Manufacturer’s warranty:10 years
Country of manufacture:Switzerland / Germany

2. Budget option: Winix 5500-2

Certified high-performance for an affordable price.

While Winix may not have hand-signed certifications for every unit they sell, the Korean company does have AHAM’s (Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers) third-party verification on the CADR of their units and the quality of their True HEPA filters. 

This has led to Winix building a strong reputation for itself, but most importantly, it’s reassuring to have this sort of guarantee when dealing with the toxic particles and VOCs produced by cigars and cigarettes. 

With an impressive Smoke CADR of 232 CFM for its price range, the 5500-2 is capable of 4.8 air changes in rooms up to ​​360 sq. ft. Meanwhile, the True HEPA filter will remove 99.99% of particles of 0.3 microns.

What we really like

Great performance: it managed to clean our test room of PM1 in 20 minutes with the ionizer and 22 minutes with just the HEPA and pelleted activated carbon.
Lost of generic cheaper filters available that lead to low running costs.
It is also very energy-efficient, so overall long-term costs don’t add up significantly.
The ionizer can be switched off if you prefer not to use it. 

What we think could be better

The unit doesn’t offer app support.
Not big enough for large rooms but can be combined effectively – just add the CADRs together for the ability to cover over 720 sq. ft with two units.
It has no memory setting, so it won’t remember your last setup if the unit is unplugged or if you lose power.

One thing I really like about this model is that Winix decided to upgrade the impregnated carbon filter of the older model 5300-2 to an activated carbon pellets filter — which is by far more efficient at dealing with toxic fumes.

Besides, the 5500-2 comes with a built-in ionizer. Whilst ionizers can get a bad name due to bad devices produced in the past, they have been shown to be useful when dealing with smoke particles

Despite not having app support, this air purifier Includes auto-mode. Perfect if you only have occasional issues with smoke; the onboard sensor will detect and switch the device to the required fan speed. It’s quite sensitive, actually; the fan will ramp up, reacting quickly to pollutants.

HouseFresh rating:★★★★★
Time to clean our 728 cubic feet test room (with the device running at top speed):20 minutes (with PlasmaWave)
22 minutes (without PlasmaWave)
Air purifier technology:PlasmaWave, removable pre-filter, washable activated carbon filter and True HEPA filter
Recommended room size (4.8 air changes per hour):360 sq. ft.
Clean air delivery rate (CADR):Dust:  243 CFM
Smoke: 232 CFM
Pollen: 246 CFM
Dimensions (in inches / cm):15W x 8.2D x 23.6H inches (38W x 21D x 60H cm)
Weight (in pounds / in kg):14.8 lbs (6.7kg)
Filter life:12 months
Noise level in decibels (measured from 3 ft. away with a sound level meter):Speed 1: 38.8 dB
Speed 2: 42.5 dB 
Speed 3: 47.5 dB
Speed 4: 58.9 dB
Electricity consumption in watts (recorded with an electricity usage monitor):Standby mode: 0.34 watts
Speed 1: 6.5 watts
Speed 2: 9.11 watts
Speed 3: 14.80 watts
Speed 4: 53.46 watts
Estimated running cost (electricity consumption + official filter replacement):$161.53 per year
Cost per CADR cfm (based on dust CFM as reported by AHAM):$0.66
Manufacturer’s warranty:2 year
Country of manufacture:South Korea

3. Best for smart features – Mila Air Purifier with home wrecker filter

The perfect ally for smart homes, the Mila is versatile and powerful.

Mila is all about simplicity and making people’s life easier. It’s one of the few brands on the market with just one model, so instead of engaging in model comparisons and difficult decisions, you just need to consider how many units you need. One Mila Air Purifier can handle a generous 1.000 sq. ft.

However, it allows users to choose the filters from seven alternatives to customize the unit’s performance to the needs at hand. For cigarette and cigar smoke, we recommend choosing the Home Wrecker option, with the most activated carbon among Mila filters. The Home Wrecker has 1.96 lbs of granular carbon to adsorb VOCs and a reliable H12 HEPA filter to remove fine particles.

When it comes to CADR, the numbers vary according to the filter you’ll be using on your Mila.  With the Home Wrecker, the CADR is 176.70 CFM (300 m³/hr). It may not be the highest the Mila can deliver (we’re talking about 263 CFM with The Basic Breather), but the more robust and dense the filter is, the lower the CADR. 

What we really like

The app is one of the best we tested and comes with a ton of extra features that you don’t see with other air purifier models. 
Versatile like no other air purifier, thanks to the multiple filter options.
It doesn’t take up too much space and looks really good.
Simple and straightforward to use and set up.

What we think could be better

Higher price for the smart features so not a good choice for best bang for buck.
Filter costs are also high, and not many generic options are available. 
It can be loud at top fan speed.

Now, about the impressive smart features. Mila is the only air purifier on the market that has multiple sensors —eight in total— to detect pollutants as soon as they become present in the room. 

The sensors pick up on fine particles, VOCs and humidity among other things. With the in-house developed algorithms, the Mila will adjust its usage based on your air environment and ramp up the fans as soon as it detects cigar and/or cigarette smoke and other pollutants slipping in. It can get a bit loud at top speed, so it’s great that the sensors also detect human presence and factor it in when adjusting speeds. 

On the other hand, although the Manual mode is not as straightforward as choosing one of the seven pre-set programs available in Autom mode, it has its own perks. You can choose how many air changes per hour (ACH) you want the unit to achieve. This is how many times the air purifier will filter the air of a room in an hour. The EPA and AHAM recommend at least 4.8 ACH to achieve a pollutant-free air.

HouseFresh rating:★★★★☆
Time to clean our 728 cubic feet test room (with the device running at top speed):35 minutes
Air purifier technology:HEPA (ranges from H12-H14) and ganular activated carbon filter
Recommended room size (4.8 air changes per hour):217 sq. ft.
Clean air delivery rate (CADR):Dust: 146 CFM
Smoke: 140 CFM
Pollen: 152 CFM
Dimensions (in inches / in cm):12L x 12W x 15H inches (30.48L x 30.48W x 38.1H cm)
Weight (in pounds / in kg):18 lbs (8.16 kg)
Filter life:6 months 
Noise level in decibels (measured from 3 ft. away with a sound level meter):Speed 1: 37.5 dB
Speed 3: 42.2 dB
Speed 6: 54.8 dB
Speed 8: 58.8 dB
Speed 10: 59.2 dB
Electricity consumption in watts (recorded with an electricity usage monitor):Standby mode: 5.62 watts
Speed 1: 8.42 watts
Speed 3: 10.1 watts
Speed 6: 20.45 watts
Speed 8: 36.2 watts
Speed 10: 38.32 watts
Estimated running cost (electricity consumption + official filter replacement):$208.45 per year
Cost per CADR cfm (based on dust CFM as reported by AHAM):$3.22
Manufacturer’s warranty:1 year
Country of manufacture:Designed in the U.S., assembled in China

4. Budget smart features: Levoit Core 400S with smoke removal filter

Ideal for medium-sized rooms, the Levoit Core 400S has all the smart features of top-tier air purifiers, a good amount of activated carbon and a budget-friendly price tag.

If with the Winix 5500-2 you’d miss smart features and remote control via app, but you still fancy great cleaning power at affordable costs, then the Core 400S should be your go-to choice. 

With a slightly ampler footage coverage than the Winix, the Core 400S can make 4.8 air changes in 400 sq. ft. rooms with ease and efficiency. It has a CARD of 244 CFM for smoke and yet its energy consumption is the lowest on this list ($57.96 per year). Besides, at the price level of just under $220, it performed well in our in-house performance test, cleaning all PM1 in 22 minutes. 

What we really like

The intuitive Vesync app offers a lot of information and otherwise unavailable setting options. 
Air quality readings in the control panel to know how good (or bad) the air is. 
Very popular air purifier so lots of generic filters available to keep running costs low.
Great CADR to $ ratio. 

What we think could be better

Large spaces will need the bigger Core 600S but be aware this has less activated carbon in each filter.
It would be nice to have independently tested HEPA filters. Levoit’s homepage and Amazon listing now just say 3-stage filtration; there’s no mention of HEPA.
It’s not small; it will take its fair share of space without being the sleekest unit.

Like with the Mila, you can choose the filters for the Levoit’s Core series, although the offer is more limited. When it comes to cigarette and cigar smoke, I recommend the Smoke Remover (400S-RF-SR) filter, as it has the highest amount of carbon (450g) for any Levoit air purifier — even their $500 EverestAir has only 400g.

Since Dyson’s challenge to Levoit’s filters at the BBB, we can’t confirm whether the 400S filters are HEPA. This questionable behavior is a pity, really, coming from a brand that manufactures quite outstanding air purifiers. But the unit still has its lab report from AHAM/ANSI AC-1-2002 with favorable stats and our in-house performance test results, so we are still confident in its air cleaning performance. 

Like all of Levoit’s Core smart units, it comes with an auto-mode powered by onboard particle sensors and Vesync app support.

HouseFresh rating:★★★★☆
Time to clean our 728 cubic feet test room (with the device running at top speed):22 minutes
Air purifier technology:3-Stage Filtration (Pre-filter for large particles, main filter for airborne particles, high-efficiency activated carbon filter for odors and gasses)
Recommended room size (4.8 air changes per hour):378 sq. ft.
Clean air delivery rate (CADR):Dust: 247 CFM
Smoke: 244 CFM
Pollen: 269 CFM
Dimensions (in inches / in cm):10.8L x 10.8W x 20.5H inches (27.4L x 27.4W x 52H cm)
Weight (in pounds / in kg):11.2 lbs (5 kg)
Filter life:6 months
Noise level in decibels (as reported by manufacturer):Lowest fan speed: 24 dB
Highest fan speed: 52dB
Electricity consumption in watts (as reported by manufacturer):Standby mode: 0 watts
Highest fan speed: 38 watts
Estimated running cost (electricity consumption + official filter replacement):$157.94 per year
Cost per CADR cfm (based on dust CFM as reported by AHAM):$0.89
Manufacturer’s warranty:2 years
Country of manufacture:China

5. Best for USA-made – Austin Air HealthMate

One of the few (and best) USA-made air purifiers with an activated carbon filter like no other, perfect for removing VOCs and toxic chemicals.

Although you’ll miss some perks with the Austin Air HealthMate, such as smart features or an auto mode, this unit has a seriously robust filter with four stages of pure mechanical filtration.

The real substance is in the medical-grade HEPA filter and massive activated carbon filter, ideal for tackling the finest particles and VOCs found in smoke, respectively. The HealthMate’s 15 lbs charcoal filter also contains zeolite, another absorbent mineral that boosts the unit’s ability to remove chemicals and toxic fumes.

Then, unlike other air purifiers, the Austin Air HealthMate has two pre-filtering stages, one for large-sized and the other for medium-sized particles that would otherwise clog the main filter faster — as a matter of fact, the HealthMate filter has an impressive lifespan of five years. 

What we really like

One of the few 100% USA-made air purifiers.
Long-lasting filters that outperform the average performance (6-12 months).
Simple one-dial controls.
Good for large spaces.

What we think could be better

Would be higher on our list but particle removal was much slower than we would expect considering the price tag.
No smart features.
A power-hungry unit, it consumes 132 watts at full speed.

During performance tests, the Austin removed all PM from our room in 37 minutes. True, it could sound unimpressive compared to the Winix 5500-2, which, for less than $150 and with way cheaper filters, only took 18 minutes to do so. But, then, there’s no comparison to the activated carbon filter this unit is packed with — not even the IQAir Healthplus Pro has as much. No air purifier beats the Health Mate in dealing with VOCs. 

With a heavy-duty design and powerful filtration as the main focus, the HealthMate has a three-position manual switch to choose the fan speed and nothing more. No wifi, one-touch controls, or air quality sensors for auto mode. Straightforward to the core.

HouseFresh rating:★★★★☆
Time to clean our 728 cubic feet test room (with the device running at top speed):37 minutes
Air purifier technology:Large particle pre-filter, medium particle pre-filter, HEPA filter and activated carbon filter
Recommended room size (estimated by HouseFresh to achieve 4.8 air changes per hour):234 sq. ft. 
Clean air delivery rate (CADR):Estimated: 150 CFM
Dimensions (in inches / in cm):23H x 14.5W x 14.5D inches (58.4H x 36.8W x 36.8D cm)
Weight (in pounds / in kg):20.41 lbs (9.26 kg)
Filter life:5 years
Noise level in decibels (measured from 3 ft. away with a sound level meter):Speed 1: 42.5 dB
Speed 2: 53.2 dB
Speed 3: 61.5 dB
Electricity consumption in watts (recorded with an electricity usage monitor):Standby mode: 0 watts
Speed 1: 61.1 watts
Speed 2: 85.05 watts
Speed 3: 147.6 watts
Estimated running cost (electricity consumption + official filter replacement):$283.03 per year
Cost per CADR cfm (based on dust CFM as reported by AHAM):$4.80
Manufacturer’s warranty:5 years
Country of manufacture:U.S. (Buffalo, New York)

Other units we tested but don’t recommend for cigarette and cigar smoke:

  • Levoit H132 – Was shocked to see this device recommend for smoke by a well-known magazine as while its cheap its performance in our particle removal test was very poor it took 1 hour and 38 minutes to make our test room clean. Underpowered for most situations but would be dangerous if you relied on it to remove smoke.
  • Okaysou AirMax 10L ProA super popular air purifier thanks to its slick use of TikTok influencers, but it failed to match our expectations. It cleaned our test room in 4 minutes longer than the much cheaper Core 300, and it made claims about its 5-in-1 filter technology that wasn’t true.
  • Dyson HP04 – A high price for a good-looking device, but it has a very small CADR, and it took 1 hour and 24 minutes to clean all pollutants measuring 1 micron in our test room. Unless you like the fan function, this will be nearly useless for smoke issues.
  • Levoit LV-H128 – At less than $40, this is a great price but a terrible air purifier as it took 2 hours and 42 minutes to clean our test room of 728 cubic feet of particle pollutants measuring at least 1 micron. It will be totally useless for any sized room to deal with smoke from cigarettes and cigars.

  • Molekule Mini – You have probably seen adverts for this good-looking device from Molekule. We were a little suspicious of its PECO technology, and it took 58 minutes to bring down the levels of PM1 to breathable levels, and we found it hard to remove them completely. At this price level, it’s just a total waste of money, and you are better off with any of the other air purifiers we recommend. There is even a class action settlement in progress for devices sold by this brand.

Our methodology

To date, we have performed hands-on testing and reviews for 55 air purifiers and, just as importantly, published all the data we gathered to identify those that will perform best in various scenarios. 

Part of our process is choosing which units to purchase and test:

First, we combine the latest lab CADR and energy usage data from the AHAM VERIFIDE program and ENERGY STAR DIRECTORY, respectively, with data from Clean Air Stars and the new data from our own in-house research. 

Then, we use this list of hundreds of air purifier models to look for those with high levels of air cleaning performance to $ ratio, low sound levels, and easily available and fair-priced filters. 

We use our own money to buy those air purifiers that look worthy of hands-on testing and original experiments to confirm performance level, sound generation and long-term running costs, as well as evaluate features and long-term usage in a home environment.

To identify those that would be best for smoke, we chose those with a high level of cleaning performance but also included a large amount of activated charcoal and avoided those devices that created excessive levels of sound or poor value for money.

  1. In our home lab of 728 cubic feet, we light an incense stick to generate particle pollution and VOCs.
  2. We set up our trusted Purpleair Indoor Sensor with the latest Bosch gas sensor to track levels of PM1ug/m3, PM2.5ug/m3 and PM10ug/m3 and VOCs in the air.

  3. We switch the air purifier to its highest speed and measure how long it takes to get our room air quality down to PM1 level to 0.
  4. We use an energy meter to measure precisely how much electricity is used when running the unit at the lowest and highest fan speed settings.

  5. We track sound levels emitted by the air purifier at different fan speeds with the help of a commercial sound meter.

Read more about our testing process, and feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

What to look for when buying an air purifier

1. Room Size

Many air purifier manufacturers will overstate the room size they can work in. While AHAM requires room sizes to be based on 4.8 air changes per hour, many air purifier brands will give the room size for 1 air change. 

Be very wary of manufacturers who don’t provide a CADR rating or don’t send their devices to AHAM for testing, as we have seen many of these devices over-exaggerate their performance when we test them ourselves.

The problem is that 1 air change is next to useless, especially with something as pervasive as cigarette or cigar smoke. 

That is why when we list room sizes, we always base them on their reported CADR and the maximum size when providing at least 4.8 air changes per hour. 

To make things simpler, we produced a tool that tells you the CADR in CFM you need for your room size – just enter your room size and adjust the ceiling height if required, and our tool will let you know what CADR is needed:

2. Filters

For dealing with tiny particles that can measure as small as 0.1 microns you will want to look at HEPA-grade filters. HEPA H13 are filters that have been tested to be 99.97% efficient at capturing particles 0.3 µm in size. HEPA H13 is used a lot in marketing material but most manufacturers don’t share third-party testing. One of the reasons I am a big fan of IQAir is that they share all their third-party lab data so you can be confident that all of their filters have been tested to this grade. 

Besides, other types of filter technology can sometimes make the air quality worse but in nearly all cases they promise a lot but fail to deliver

Just stick with HEPA it’s backed by decades of research and has no chemical byproducts.

While HEPA does a great job of removing the tiniest of particles from the air, odors and gasses will just pass through. You will need a good-sized activated carbon filter to deal with gasses and odors such as those from cigarette or cigar smoke. 

When it comes to activated carbon, bigger is better, which is why the top two choices we recommend for dealing with smoke are to measure their carbon filters in lbs. 

Be wary of the fabric carbon filters you see with devices from Blueair, as these filters will quickly lose effectiveness. 

Look for activated carbon filters that use pellets of actual carbon, as they will last much longer and are much more effective at removing odors. 

3. Features

Many newer air purifiers come with app support, onboard sensors and auto-modes that kick in when the sensor detects pollutants like particles or gasses. 

You will have to leave your device running continuously for regular issues with smoke, so these features might not be as useful as they are for those who want an air purifier for occasional cooking odors. 

For those who like their devices to be smart, our current top favorite is Mila, which combines multiple sensors and is more like a smart thermostat than an air purifier as the device learns the issues with your home to adjust to be most effective.

Wrapping up

I’ve intentionally made a varied selection of air purifiers for dealing with cigar or cigarette smoke. It’s a serious issue; you should be able to find a unit to fit your circumstances, budget and needs. 

Whether you found in this guide the unit that sounds right for you or will keep browsing on the internet for other options, make sure to check if the one that catches your eye is powerful enough and has the right CADR to clean your space, has a high-performance main filter and features an activated carbon filter (the more, the better) for the fumes and VOCs.   

My goal is to help more people improve their indoor air quality. So, if you have any doubts about our testing process or have a question that I haven’t covered in this guide, please feel free to email me directly:

Last update on 2024-05-18 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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