Air Purifiers for Tobacco Smoke

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Remove smoke and harmful chemicals in tobacco, cigar and cigarette smoke with the most efficient Air purifiers for Tobacco smoke.

Dangers of Tobacco Smoke

Tobacco smoke (cigarette and cigar smoke) aside from microscopic ash particles that can penetrate deep into the lung tissue and make their way into the blood stream and body cells, contains thousands of gaseous chemicals. Most of them are very toxic, and at least 70 are known as carcinogens and therefore highly prone to cause the lung cancer.
The main danger comes from the chemicals in tobacco smoke, such as:

  • Nicotine (addictive drug and harshest chemical in tobacco smoke)
  • Formaldehyde
  • Hydrogen cyanide
  • Ammonia
  • Arsenic
  • Benzene
  • Lead
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Nitrosamines

Tobacco smoke represents a major health hazard to public, as exposure to a direct (primary) and a secondhand smoke (SHS) can pose many health risks including:

  • Lung Cancer
  • COPD (Emphysema and Chronic bronchitis)
  • Asthma
  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke

Dangers of Secondhand Tobacco Smoke

Secondhand smoke (SHS) consists of:

  • Mainstream Smoke - exhaled by a smoker.
  • Sidestream Smoke - smoke from a lighted end of a cigar or a cigarette.

Non-smokers exposed to SHS take in nicotine and all other toxic chemicals the same way smokers do and therefore, are subjected to the same health risks as smokers. The health risks from SHS are especially pronounced in young children, and even may include sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

That is why effective removal of Tobacco smoke from the household indoor air is a matter of utmost importance.

Tobacco smoke air purifiers are essential air quality control devices, that provide effective protection from exposure to direct and secondhand smoke.

Removal of Particulates in Tobacco Smoke

True HEPA filter has an ability to trap over 99.97% of all solid sub-micron airborne contaminates in tobacco smoke as small as down to 0.3 micron in size.
This makes large perfectly sealed True HEPA filter an essential component of the air filtration system of air purifiers for Tobacco smoke removal.
The higher efficiency particle filters such as:

  • 99.99% @ 0.3 micron efficiency Super HEPA filter or
  • 99.999% @ 0.1 micron efficiency ULPA filter

demonstrate even higher rate of removal of sub-micron particles. However, these tighter filters may result in a reduced air flow and a lower overall air purifier performance due to a higher back pressure from a more dense filter media.

Removal of Chemicals in Tobacco Smoke

Activated carbon by far is the best substance known to mankind for effective removal from the air of nearly 4000 gaseous chemicals, including most chemicals in tobacco smoke. The ability of the air purifier to adsorb chemicals in tobacco smoke primarily depends on few factors:

  • the amount of adsorbent in the air filtration system
  • the type of the adsorbent (regular or specialty enhanced)
  • the dwelling time - a time during which polluted air stays in contact with adsorbent

Since the ability of activated carbon to adsorb chemicals (adsorption capacity) is measured in the percentage of its own weight (volume), the amount of adsorbent in the air purifier's air filtration system is absolutely critical for effective and thorough removal of chemicals in tobacco smoke.

The specialty enhanced adsorbent - a mixture of activated carbon with enhancing additives has a higher adsorption capacity in removal of most dangerous chemicals in tobacco smoke, such as: nicotine,  VOCs (volatile organic compounds), ammonia, formaldehyde and many other hard to remove specific chemicals.
For that reason, the specialty enhanced adsorbent should be used instead of a regular adsorbent to achieve the highest possible rate of chemicals removal in tobacco smoke.

The thickness of the activated carbon bed determines the time a polluted air stays in contact with the adsorbent - the dwell time. Therefore, thicker activated carbon bed renders much better air cleaning result every time the air passes through the air filtration system.

Tar-trapping pre-filters used in specialty air purifiers for Tobacco smoke have ability to trap sticky tars in heavy tobacco smoke. Such pre-filters help protect fine True HEPA and Carbon filters from being clogged by the tars.

The combination of both, True HEPA filter and large amount of specialty enhanced adsorbent in air purifier air filtration system will render the best possible air cleaning result in purifying the air from all air pollutants in Tobacco smoke.

Rate of Tobacco Smoke Removal

The number of Air Changes per Hour (ACH) shows how many times the air purifier can draw the entire volume of polluted air through the air filtration system and is another factor of greater importance.
The number of ACH directly affects the speed of removal of air pollutants and the size of a maximum cleaning area.

For that reason, the air purifiers with more powerful motor / fan capable to provide the higher number of air changes per hour (ACH), are better air purifiers for effective purifying of the air in your home or office from Tobacco smoke.

Recommended Air Purifiers for Tobacco Smoke

Home and Office Use under 700 sq. ft.

Home and Office Use under 2000 sq. ft.

Effective removal of Toxic chemicals in Tobacco smoke requires large amount of specialty enhanced adsorbent and a deep carbon bed for a longer dwelling time.
Therefore, the air purifiers AirPura T600DLX and Amaircare 3000 with optional ULTRA VOC canister, each containing 26 lbs. and 30 lbs. respectively of specialty enhanced adsorbent are the most efficient air purifiers for removal of Toxic Chemicals in Tobacco smoke in large areas under 2000 sq. ft.

Air Purifier ModelHEPA Filter, sq. ft.Carbon Filter, lbs.Air Flow Rate, cfm
Airpura T600DLXHEPA-Barrier26 lbs. VOC Canister560
Amaircare 3000N/A30 lbs. ULTRA VOC Canister*450
Airpura T600HEPA-Barrier26 lbs. Carbon Canister560
Airpura V6004018 lbs. VOC Canister560
Austin HealthMate Plus6016 lbs. VOC Canister400

* Optional ULTRA VOC Canister

Commercial and Business Use over 3000 sq. ft.

Air Purifier ModelHEPA Filter, sq. ft.Carbon Filter, lbs.Air Flow Rate, cfm
Amaircare AirWash MultiPro BOSS N/A30 lbs. ULTRA VOC Canister x 2*2500
Amaircare 7500 Cart
N/A30 lbs. ULTRA VOC Canister x 2*1400
Amaircare 6000V CartN/A30 lbs. ULTRA VOC Canister*800
Amaircare AirWash MultiProN/A25 lbs. ULTRA VOC Canister*1300

* Optional ULTRA VOC Canister

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Health Risks of Tobacco Smoke - report by American Cancer Society