I came home one evening from visiting a friend and the house virtually reeked of cigar smoke. My husband enjoys this personal pleasure, but I always insisted that he do it outside. He usually sits on the patio either in the late afternoon or after dark. But this time was different. It had been raining and the patio chairs were soaking wet. I don’t find that a sufficient excuse but I guess the need to smoke a cigar was that strong. He violated my wishes knowing full well the consequences. I hate to get mad, especially if he is having a good time, so I had to find a solution.
Many households have a smoking problem, usually cigarettes. The smoke gets stale and hangs in the air and permeates fabrics. If I enter such a home, I know the cause. It is unpleasant and I just hate the smell. Some housewives go so far as to spray the heck out of their home with nauseatingly sweet scents. It barely covers the culprit that is repelling people. The household gets used to it, but when you open the front door, you know immediately what is up.
The second time Hugo smoked a cigar in the house was the last straw. I thought about it and went online in search of an answer and it came in the form of an air purifier for cigarette smoke. I didn’t need a giant appliance but something that would thoroughly clean the air in the living room first and foremost. In the product descriptions on most sites that sell them they give you the footage that can be covered. If you want an entire house purifier, it has to be rather large and is much more expensive.
A few months later, Hugo got out his box of cigars and lit one up to relax. He had had a particularly bad day at work. I felt sorry for him and acquiesced. But no problem. I rushed to turn on the air purifier. I usually use it only when I cook and there are a lot of lingering smells in the kitchen that flow through the house. I placed it in the middle of the living room and it did its job. By bedtime, there was no detectable odor and I was pleased and happy. I have a sensitive nose while Hugo does not. Now everybody wins.
I told a friend about it and she, too, rushed to get her own air purifier. She was coping poorly with her oldest son who likes to smoke in his room. It just stank up the place she said. He didn’t mind having the appliance on while he indulged and it solved the problem. She didn’t want to get into a real hassle with him and an air purifier was the perfect answer. She said, “I give you credit for saving the family from second hand smoke.” I am glad that I was of help. For a few dollars, you can live with a smoker or just attend to any other annoying smells.