We know you did a great job putting it together, but it is MacGyvered after all. Purchasing a glass bong may set you back a twenty or two (or three or four), but it will last pretty much forever. Plus, you won’t have to stress about finding all the materials to make your own water bottle bong.
Many of the most pleasurable experiences life has to offer come with decidedly less-than-pleasant aftermath. An evening of indulgence in bourbon and beer brings a hangover as retribution, a great hike or climb leaves its share of lactic acid in those worn-out muscles, and a day spent lounging about on the beach or poolside can bring a sunburn and questions like, “Hey, why aren’t you at work?” Puffing on a fine cigar at a get-together or quietly enjoying one as you leaf through the pages of a book might both be great ways to pass some time, but no matter how you enjoy that stogie, the result will be the same: cigar smell. The smoke you draw into your mouth and then deftly exhale in a series of perfect rings may taste great, yet the taste left in your mouth post-smoke, that infamous cigar breath, can taste like asphalt. Everything from your clothing to your upholstery to the very carpets and walls of a home can be left reeking with cigar odor for days after a smoking session — or even become permanently infused with that musty aroma of old stogies. And fortunately, I got some help from a bonafide cigar expert, Michael Herklots, who is also the vice president of retail and brand development for the vaunted tobacco brand, Nat Sherman. Not only does Herklots know a thing or 10 about proper cigar selection, cutting, lighting, smoking, and so forth, but he’s also an expert when it comes to mitigating the “side effects” that come with cigars. If you love puffing away on a fine cigar but you (or your partner) hate the way it makes your mouth breath, clothes, and house smell, then read on.
Bad breath is caused by a number of different factors, including what you ate, what you drank, and what you did throughout the day. Assuming you maintain the standard operating procedure — brush and floss after every meal — you may also want to consider chewing sugar-free gum before and after your cigar-smoking session. More importantly, be sure to drink plenty of water during the day, as well as during your cigar consumption. It not only helps with your potential hangover, but it also keeps your mouth wet and things moving down the shoot. Second, dilute hydrogen peroxide with water equal parts, take a swig, swish it around, and gargle with it. Take another swig, and brush your teeth using the diluted rinse. Breath is as much a function of your stomach as it is your mouth and the tubes that connect them. When you get home — after hanging your suit, brushing it and steaming it — it’s time to brush and steam you. Get something with some texture and pores (face cloth, loofah, the pink poofy thing on a string), lather it up, and scrub. Getting the outer most layer of skin off your body gives you a fresh start (and smell). Drink another glass of water, with or without four ibuprofen. Spending time around combustible, premium cigars will undoubtedly leave your garments smelling like smoke. The care for your garments really isn’t much different after cigar smoke than with any other major influence aroma. Consider your personal aroma after barbecuing all afternoon: It might be hard for you to notice after the 12 beers you had, but ask your friends — they’ll tell you. Unfortunately, we can’t jump in the pool wearing our three-piece, so maybe the process is a little different, but garment care is garment care. Not the red fabric thing with the plastic handle from a drug store that you pull lint off your sweater with. If you have a safe place outdoors that’s covered, that’s ideal. Next, brush your garment, which helps remove whatever might be in the fibers of the fabric that could be causing odor: ashes, dust, dirt. After you’ve brushed your garment, steam it thoroughly, then re-brush it to be sure everything that could be adding or maintaining odor is finally removed. If you still feel there’s some lingering aroma, use a light fabric spray. You want as little smoke to remain in the room as possible. Open two windows for cross ventilation or use an exhaust fan to remove the smoke while you are actively smoking. Ionizers are great to leave on after you’ve finished smoking but can be acrid smelling during smoking. Keep in mind that filtration is secondary to ventilation. Last, eliminate anything that could allow the aroma to remain. The hygiene of your environment is equally important as the hygiene of your body.
If you have fabric in the room where you enjoy cigars (couches, carpets, rugs, etc.) you can either A) get rid of them, B) clean and deodorize them regularly, or C) reconsider option A). Follow these steps and you’ll be smoke-smell free in no time. We include products we think are useful for our readers. If you buy through links on this page, we may earn a small commission. Cigarettes contain about 600 different ingredients. When burned, these ingredients emit thousands of chemicals, some of which are cancerous, that can cause many health issues. If you smoke, you know one of these issues is bad breath. Tobacco products are almost a guaranteed source of bad breath (halitosis). In addition, cigarettes can cause many oral health problems. Maintaining your oral hygiene can potentially help you tackle the breath issue.
This means brushing at least twice a day and flossing on a regular basis.