black smoker


Definition of black smoker

: a vent in a geologically active region of the sea floor from which issues superheated water laden with minerals (such as sulfide precipitates) also : a rock chimney covering such a vent

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Over the decades, minorities gravitated to menthol brands such as Newport, Kool and Salem as tobacco companies ran magazine and billboard ads depicting carefree black smokers. Jennifer Maloney And Tom Mcginty, WSJ, "FDA Seeks Ban on Menthol Cigarettes," 15 Nov. 2018

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1980, in the meaning defined above

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