cancer stick


: cigarette
Why are women seemingly so attracted to cigarettes, also known as "coffin nails" and "cancer sticks" to some smoking foes?Daniel Tretiak

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web AP Photo/Seth Wenig E-cigarettes, long touted as a healthier way to move off the original cancer sticks, suddenly face an alarming bad rap: mysterious lung diseases; random explosions during use; a link with cancer and heart disease. Natasha Frost, Quartz, 15 Sep. 2019 Can’t even smoke my stale cancer sticks on this smoke-free campus. Alise Leslie, The Root, 1 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1958, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cancer stick was circa 1958

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“Cancer stick.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

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