Lamar you've hit on a topic that has crossed my mind a lot lately. I've tried some different mint's (designed for smokers breath) and various gums...they just kinda mask the breath. I'll list my 3 phase attack on smokers breath.
1. Brush the teeth, tongue and upper mouth
3. Gargle, with anything to rinse out the smokehole!
I've found a new toothpaste that works a little harder on cleansing, it is AquaFresh Extreme Clean, has all these little bubbles that seem to jet around. Micro Active Foaming Action is what it says on the label.
Also drinking tea while I smoke helps a bit. Problem is, I'm not a tea dude. Hey, remember that old George Carlin bit, " I've smelled bad breath before Madge, but you could knock a buzzard off a crap wagon"!
I've heard that rinsing one's mouth out with baking soda water will do the trick on garlic breath. It does seem to work for that purpose, if you use enough baking soda. Haven't tried it on cigars yet. No one really cares if my breath smells like cigar smoke (I kind of like the lingering flavor anyhow). That's one of the little niceties that comes with being a bachelor.
Hmmm. I usually don't worry about cigar breath until the next day. Probably the most pleasant way I get rid of cigar breath is a good strong cup of fresh coffee in the morning. Coupled with normal brushing, flossing etc this works most of the time.
I like to use food to mitigate the effects of an evening of smoking. I've noticed that spicy food (Indian, Thai, Mexican etc.) sometimes gets rid of the "cigar hangover". It doesn't work all the time. A favorite remedy of mine is eating very strong garlic bread (in the Eastern European sense with raw bits of garlic sitting atop a thin layer of butter on some good dark rye). Then there's the tobacco-breath-nixing omlette that I make with dill weed, black pepper, onions, minced garlic and small slices of sausage. Fried sausage seems to do the trick too.
When I'm not in the mood to bombard my poor mouth with the garlic treatment, there's always a vigorous brushing of the tongue and prolonged gargling with mouthwash. I've found chewing gum to be helpful also.
Brushing thoroughly, teeth, gums, and of course the tongue at least 4 minutes with a good toothbrush or one of those electric toothbrushes (I use the Braun model). Then gargle with a mint mouthwash like Scope or Listerine. This seems to work for me 80% of the time.
Henry Clay Smoker's Mints are a good quick fix.
But as for the next morning, I do a quick brushing of the teeth first thing in the morning, yes it's a hasstle getting out of bed, but my sig other never minds kissing me in the morning.
Well, as my bro JJ said, that is one of the niceties that comes from being a bachelor. Eclipse gum seems to work as a quick and sometimes lenghty fix. Booze, like Jack Daniels also seem to work and give you that nice, drunk breath! LOL