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This verb is used for passive 'smelling' ('perceiving the odour') only. By active action ("she smelled the vegetables before cooking them") only 'нюхаць' is used.
Source of lexical data
Dyen, Isidore Kruskal, Joseph and Black, Paul (1992). An Indoeuropean Classification, a Lexicostatistical Experiment. Transactions of the American Philosophical Society 82/5.
Good (e.g. should be double checked)
Cognate Class S
Buck, Carl Darling. 1949/1988. A Dictionary of Selected Synonyms in the Prinicipal Indo-European Languages. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Indo-European Lexical Cognacy Database (LexDB version 0.9)