To an average non-smoker, the slightest hint of tobacco smoke can be detected from a mile away, and hangs in the air as a reminder of the past bad habits of others. In an automobile, smoke odors can be difficult to get rid of, and more than one person shopping for a used car has refused to purchase one that was owned by a heavy smoker. That singular fact is a good thing to keep in mind for a smoker attempting to sell a car - it will be much easier to sell a car that smells like a car instead of a 2,500 pound ashtray on wheels. Removing smoke odors from a car is not a simple task, it involves considerable work and elbow grease, but with the proper amount of patience and effort a car can be restored to nearly new condition.
In order to remove all traces of smoke odor from a car, the upholstery and carpeting will need to be cleaned, either professionally or as a do-it-yourself project. Which avenue you choose largely depends on had bad the smoke situation is in the car in question. An automobile with horrifically bad smoke odor is probably best served being professionally cleaned, while one that is only moderately smoked can be done as a home project. If done as a home project , make certain to take your time and get every bit of carpet and upholstery - a rented steam cleaner is great for this job. It is also important to remember to get the car's ceiling as well, as odds are this is where the heaviest accumulation of smoke odor will collect over time.
Lastly, try to refrain from going overboard of heavy perfumes or car deodorants. There are a number of very subtle car air fresheners that work well with smoke odors, try a few until you discover the right one.