How do I smoke in my car without leaving a smell?

I like to smoke in my car while I’m driving to and from work, but I just bought a new car. If possible, I’d like to keep smoking without my car smelling like ash. Is there a way to smoke in my car without leaving a smell?

Eric Schad · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Unfortunately, the only 100% foolproof way to smoke in your car without leaving a smell is to avoid smoking in your car altogether. If you abstain, your car will smell good to other passengers, and you’ll be able to retain or maximize the
retail value of your vehicle
for a longer time.
If you’d still like to smoke in your car, use these tips to make sure you don’t leave a smell:
  • Air out your car on clear, breezy days.
  • Leave a small bowl of coffee grounds or baking soda under the seat to absorb the smell.
  • Remember to turn off the recirculated air button in your car to prevent the smoke from seeping into the AC, heater, or cabin filter.
  • Keep your windows down when smoking and hang your hand out the window.
  • Use a cup or jar full of citrus fruits and cinnamon to remove the smell.
  • Clean your trim and upholstery at least once a week.
  • Switch to an e-cigarette.
Hopefully, one of these methods will help you smoke without leaving a smell.
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