Cigar lounges and bars are worldwide, with this industry being offered in nearly every area of the world to allow patrons to enjoy the carefree activity of smoking a cigar in an enclosed environment with other likeminded, enthusiastic individuals. The cigar lounge/bar industry has rapidly developed over the last couple of years, with the revenue in this industry in 2018 meeting $971 million dollars and 4,764 businesses opened in this industry alone, according to the IBISWorld. This growing cigar industry is one that deals with many difficulties within their facility, including the challenge of mitigating the strong, sometimes overwhelming smoke odors produced in the environment.
Indoor air quality issues that are experienced within the indoor environment of a cigar lounge/bar can be a significant issue that these businesses face on a daily basis. These businesses deal with the excessive production of smoke odors and particulates in this indoor air space that can lead to many looming dangers in the environment. Therefore, the incorporation of both high efficiency filtration and an absorbent media to contain and remove airborne contaminants and odors from the air is an indispensable addition to the thriving industry of cigar lounges.
Why Do Cigars Smell So Bad
Did you know that one cigar may contain as much tobacco as an entire pack of cigarettes? A cigar is a roll of tobacco that is wrapped in leaf tobacco or in a substance that contains tobacco – they can come in three different types; cigars, cigarillos, and little cigars. The higher concentration levels of tobacco that are emitted from this form of smoking can exacerbate the odors present within the environment that the inhalation of the cigar smoke occurred, such as a cigar lounge that has significantly higher concentrations of smoke emissions in the air.
The odors produced from cigar smoke can vary depending on the type of cigar(s) being smoked, the size of the cigar and how much tobacco it contains, and the type of environment (such as cigar lounges) that the smoke is contained within and their air quality solutions or ventilation systems that are in place.
What is Cigar Smoke Made Of
Traditionally, most cigars are composed of a single type of tobacco that is wrapped in tobacco, it can vary in size, shape, and the amount of tobacco within the cigar. Cigar smoke, although different from cigarette smoke, both contain some of the same toxic and cancer-causing chemicals that can be harmful to those smoking and also those non-smokers who are exposed to the second-hand smoke in the air space. In comparison to cigarette smoke, cigar smoke can possibly be more toxic due to the chemical composition of the cigar, it can include higher levels of cancer-causing substances, more tar, and even higher levels of toxins.
Tobacco smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals, and at least 50 of these chemicals are cancerous and 250 are harmful in other capacities to the human body. According to the American Cancer Society, some of the chemicals that are found in tobacco smoke produced from cigars include the following:
- Hydrogen cyanide
- Radioactive elements
- Carbon monoxide
- Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)
Commercial Cigar Lounge Ventilation System
A long-used indoor air filtration and ventilation system solution that has been used in cigarette smoke and cigar smoke environments like cigar lounges, includes ceiling, wall mounted, and/or portable air purifiers that contain a high efficiency air filter for contaminant and odor removal. These commercial cigar lounge ventilation systems are put in place by the business owner in an effort to mitigate the indoor environment from noxious and toxic chemicals and odors that are emitted from the cigar smoke released into the air space of the indoor cigar lounge. The traditional air purification solution that is implemented in commercial cigar lounge ventilation systems includes HEPA and carbon air filter purification systems that work together to contain and remove noxious smoke odors and fine smoke particulates from the indoor air that can adversely affect human health from higher concentration levels of exposure.
The benefits of utilizing a commercial HEPA and carbon filter air purifier for smoke mitigation in a cigar lounge/bar is its capability of providing the environment a variety of sizes and style, while also working to absorb and remove airborne contaminants from the air. However, the use of a carbon air filter in a heavily polluted smoke-filled space like a cigar lounge may end up being outrageously pricey to maintain, as the filters will fill up exponentially quicker due to the high levels of pollutants in this volatile environment. Carbon air filters fill up by weight, as the filter begins to collect the airborne pollutants on the high surface area of the media filter, once the filter media is fully consumed it has the potential to re-release the collected pollutants back into the indoor air space overtime. Thus, the carbon air filter may start working counterproductively in the environment and eventually end up re-emitting the once collected smoke odors and fine smoke particulates from the cigar smoke back into the air of the cigar lounge.
EnviroKlenz® Engineered Cigar Smoke Neutralizer Air Filter
The EnviroKlenz technology is a revolutionary, non-invasive, odor elimination process that can rapidly restore an odor-compromised environment such as an area with severely elevated concentration levels of tobacco smoke present in the air like cigar lounges. The proprietary, patented earth mineral technology of the EnviroKlenz engineered air filtration for air purifiers or HVAC filters has been a scientifically and field proven choice for the safe, rapid, convenient, and cost-effective restoration of indoor environments from toxic and noxious odors and vapors that are airborne within this indoor space. The EnviroKlenz technology favorably interacts with the diverse chemicals found in the smoke and residuals of cigar smoke, including the capability to remove and eliminate fine particulate matter through the implementation of a hospital-grade HEPA filter in the EnviroKlenz Air Purifier.
EnviroKlenz has been individually tested by some of the world’s leading third-party testing laboratories including Battelle Memorial Institute, Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, and other leading labs across the world. The testing indicated that for most of the compounds found in the concentration of tobacco smoke, a greater than 90% level of reduction in the original compound occurred after treatment with EnviroKlenz® components.
The testing below shows the results of EnviroKlenz materials ability to absorb over 80% of the chemical acetaldehyde produced from tobacco smoke, from the air stream.
Mobile Air System
The EnviroKlenz Mobile Air System utilizes hospital-grade technology to provide maximum air cleaning efficiency for your home and office. It combines certified HEPA filtration along with our patented EnviroKlenz Air Cartridge to remove airborne pollen, dust, odors, mold, gasses, fragrance, VOCs, allergens, bacteria, and more.
✓ Patented Earth Mineral Technology works to attack the VOC and break down on a compound level.
✓ Powder coated metal housing – Made in the USA
✓ No chemicals or masking agents
✓ Will not release any chemicals back into your environment
✓ Safer and faster at removing VOC’s than traditional carbon filters and Peco air purifier