In a word, no. A fan with an outside vent and a good CFM can get rid of the
smoke quickly, but the odor is pervasive. Besides, you still will end up
with having to repaint walls and ceiling, wash courtains and upholstery
I had several responses I used to use when people told me to put out my
* The Nixonian response: "We believe that it is out."
* "What will we then use to cover the smell?"
* "I am a grenade and this cigarette is the pin. So you have to ask yourself
one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, punk, do you feel lucky?"
* "I'm trying to put it out. I've BEEN trying for almost an hour. No, don't
show me how... I have to learn this for myself."
These, and others, over the years met with varying levels of success. For
the past little while I've been using a response that works almost 100% of
Now, when some granny-lady gets in my face, pummels me with her umbrella,
and screams: "You can't smoke here, you godless communist!," I merely
"It's all right, madam, I'm French."
Sorry, but no home air purifier is going to take care of the
problem. They may help a little and maybe a 8 hours after the smoker
leaves, it may have reduced the air stink somewhat, but it still will
be in your clothing, carpet etc.
The smokers in my family know how I feel about it. They know
my parents both died of cancer, and both were likely the result of
their smoking. If you love them, let them know it, ask them not to
smoke but if they must ask them to go outside.
Opening all doors/windows is my first choice, but not practical in
your location. Letting in sunlight helps. Wipe down surfaces with a
rag dampened with white vinegar. Spread a box of baking soda over
carpeting and vacuum the next day. If the smoke was really bad you
might have to shampoo carpeting, dryclean draperies, etc. Say, "We
have a guest bathroom with an exhaust fan for your smoking
My biggest problem with air purifiers is that most of the time, when
buying a replacement filter, the model purchased is no longer made and
the new models all use different incompatible filters. The last two
air purifiers I've purchased have gone to the landfill due to
unavailable filters, or because the only filters available cost more
than a new purifier.
On Sun, 28 Dec 2008 13:44:05 -0600, AZ Nomad
-snip-there one good at reducing smoke/odor?
I'll say it again. Alpine Air. Filter gets dirty, you wash it. It
*does* make some ozone so the usual cautions apply- but they work.
BTW- I've bought 3 used ones on Ebay- and a couple spare ceramic
plates. All for a fraction of what they sell for new.
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