Last updated on January 1st, 2023

Do air purifiers remove second hand smoke? Yes, they do! But not all can do this work quickly and, more importantly – good. Only a select few models are up for this task.

On this page you’ll find the best portable HEPA air purifiers that are up for the task of removing second hand smoke at your home, workplace, gym, office and other large and small spaces.

TOP 4 Air Purifiers for Second Hand Smoke

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Air MA-125
PlasmaWave 5500-2
Core 200s
Medify Air MA-125 second hand smoke
TRACS Portable  HEPA air purifier for second hand smoke
Winix 5500-2  Air Purifier for second hand smoke
small Levoit Core 200s for second hand smoke
Under $700
Under $600
Under $250
Under $100
Room Coverage (4 ACH)
1020 sq. ft.
470 sq. ft.
450 sq. ft.
223 sq. ft.
547 CFM
250 CFM
246 CFM
118 CFM
Filter Life
4 months
up to 5 years
12 months
6 months
Filter Replacement
Auto Mode
Noise Levels
33 - 67 dB
44 - 59 dB
27.8 - 54.8 dB
24 - 48 dB
Max Power
132 Watts
100 Watts
70 Watts
37 Watts

So, what air purifier is the best when it comes to the removal of second hand smoke?

Medify Air MA-125 covers large rooms up to 1000 square feet when 4 ACH is concerned – the maximum coverage is 2,000 sq. ft. Its 4-stage air filtration system in a combination with a high CADR rating effectively removes not just second hand smoke, but other airborne pollutants as well – including pollen, dust, bacteria, chemicals and others. It is an extremely powerful air cleaning unit designed by Medify for less than $700 that will come in handy in any household, office, school and other workplaces.

Tracs EZ-Air is a sturdy air purifier made domestically in the US. Compared with the Medify, it doesn’t have an in-built ionizer and the pre-filter is combined with the Carbon filter. I like two things about this air purifier the most: its ability to filter out smoke and other odor from the air and the long-lasting HEPA medical-grade filter. I recommend checking my review of Tracs air purifiers here.

Winix PlasmaWave 5500-2 is an extremely popular HEPA air purifier for odors, dust, pollen and other allergens. It comes with a powerful fan that generates good airflow to catch airborne particles pretty fast in rooms 300 – 400 sq. ft. in size. Two of its filters are washable, while the HEPA filter lasts for one year. It also uses an ionizer to help get rid of second hand smoke. More information on this Winix-made air purifier you may find here.

Levoit Core 200s is made for small rooms (bedrooms, bathrooms) that are about 200 square feet. It doesn’t have an ionizer, but comes with 3 filters (pre-filter, HEPA, Carbon – they are all combined in one) and WiFi support – you can control this unit from your iOS or Android running smartphone or tablet. This Levoit air cleaner is relatively good at removing second hand smoke from small spaces – do not use it in large spaces as it won’t do any difference there.


How do I make the right choice?

Depends on the room size where you want second hand smoke to be gone. In a nutshell:

  • Medify Air MA-125 for large rooms
  • Tracs EZ-Air and Winix PlasmaWave 5500-2 for medium rooms
  • Levoit Core 200s for small rooms

Can I get two or more units?

Yes, you can place two or more air purifiers into your large room, office or any other space to cover the whole area.

You have reviewed only portable air purifiers, what about the other ones?

You can take a look at these ceiling-mounted air cleaning units or at these wall-mounted devices. They are also good at removing air pollution at homes and workplaces, including secondhand smoke.