Removing Cigarette Odor from Apartment?

I moved into my apartment almost two years ago. About 6 months or so ago my boyfriend and I started noticing a faint cigarette smell and thought it might be coming from our neighbor's connecting bathroom vent to our master bath vent. They moved out and the smell slowly is getting worse and worse.


We're thinking whoever lived in here before us smoked inside and right before we moved in, the complex just painted over the nicotine stained walls (the move in process was delayed because they wanted to re-paint). Perhaps the nicotine was preserved due to the paint, but now it is seeping out since the paint is getting older?

The smell was so strong when I got home today and I can't take it anymore! The walls are drywall, and I would love some tips on the best way to eliminate the smell without messing up the paint if that's at all possible.

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March 27, 20190 found this helpful

Use a product called Nok-out, available on Amazon. It takes care of unwanted odors.

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March 27, 20190 found this helpful

Talk to your landlord and get their take on it. Maybe they could try repainting again if you really think it is from the walls. I have never heard of smoke smell coming from walls that much after the fact.


More than likely it is coming in from some other way...either the vent, a window, etc. I used to have a neighbor who would smoke under my apartment window (I was on the first floor, but it was a raised first floor and I faced the back of the building so she would stand out there under my window and smoke. It leached in all year round for the year she was there.

Many buildings where I am are going smoke free...maybe your landlord would consider that going forward. Can't hurt to ask.

Post back what he/she tells you. Good luck.

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