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Why does my hair smell like smoke after being around smokers?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

If you've ever wondered why you can't shake the cigarette smell after spending time in a smoke-filled room (or with a few heavy-puffing friends), it's because your hair acts like a paper towel - it's absorbent. And hair also often has a mild electric charge, particularly in very low humidity, and this can attract charged pollutant particles. So in a nutshell, your hair takes the stink from the air, and brings it home with you. This is a time to shampoo, as the toxins in smoke are harmful to your hair.


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