Feb 16

Risky Vices: The Effects of Smoke on Your Home

According to the Center for Disease Control, in 2019, roughly 14 out of every 100 adults aged 18 or older in the United States smoked cigarettes. If you’re a smoker or an ex-smoker, the walls and belongings in your home will be stained and smelly after years of smoking, therefore professional cigarette smoke removal is typically required. How can tobacco and cigarettes affect your home? Will it affect the resale value? Water damage specialist Special Touch Restoration is here to help! 

Cigarette Smoke Information


The residue from the smoke of cigarettes appears as a sticky yellowish-brown substance that attaches to everything in a home, making it difficult and time-consuming to clean up. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, when cigarettes, pipes or cigars are smoked, the resulting environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), often known as “secondhand smoke,” is a complex mixture of over 7,000 chemicals, more than 40 of which are linked to cancer. Both smokers and non-smokers are affected by ETS, which is also known as “passive smoking”. Not only do cigarettes affect you and your family, but they also affects the surroundings and your property.


Effects of Cigarette Smoke To Your Home


Smoking not only has an impact on those who are exposed to it, but it also releases odorous compounds that attach to everything in the area where it was smoked. Smoking produces the yellowish-brown pigment that adheres to walls, furniture and plastics, and also permanently alters their appearance. More odor-absorbing materials, such as carpets, upholstery, beds and clothing are also penetrated by cigarette smoke. It is similar to how smoking affects the teeth and gums of people, they alter the appearance and surfaces of what they touch, making reparations and restoration necessary.


Decreased Sale Value


Cigarette smoke scents can diminish a property’s value by around 30%, according to research conducted by the National Association of REALTORS®. Realtors can also encourage homebuyers to keep and eye out for newly painted ceilings and walls because sellers might be reluctant to state that they are smokers. The proprietors may be trying to cover up a lingering smoky odor. If you’ve been smoking for a long time, selling your house can be more difficult.


Contact Us!


Want a team that knows how to deal with smoke and fire damage? Special Touch Restoration is a company of experts that strives to be the recognized leader of the disaster restoration industry and to provide a company structure that upholds the commitment of total customer satisfaction. Our restoration technicians have been trained in the methods and practices of the Institute for Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), as well as specialize in fire and smoke restoration, which can deal with the effects of fire and smoke that make your home unappealing to buyers.


For any inquiries, contact us through our offices in North Alabama (256) 330-4822 or South Alabama (251) 512-1424. You can also fill out our contact form to request an appointment.