And do not discard adding smoke on postproduction as a new layer, as you want to add it as "extra context".
Use some of these: https://www.google.com/search?q=smoke+brushes
Also, this would be the least intrusive method of adding smoke into a lab situation. Every other product can drop some contaminants into the mix.
From the photography point of view, I do not want to discourage you, but taking photos of smoke is challenging because the ratio of the light needed to view a decent smoke and the ratio to illuminate your scene can be dramatically different.
It is easier if you take photos on a dark background and aiming a direct light beam from one side into the smoke. But if the smoke is interacting with a light object you probably will not see it.
I would practice taking some pictures outside of the lab, in your home. Use cigarette or incense and solve the illumination problem before making a fog machine.
An external flash combined with some masks made of cardboard is useful to aim a good amount of light into the smoke and not spilling light into the main subject.
As you can see in the pictures you posted, the light is direct light very close to the table.
The scale of the waves is important. This depends on the airflows around the smoke.
One more thing, define if you need "smoke" which normally goes upwards, or fog, that normally stays at floor level.