non·​smok·​er | \ ˌnän-ˈsmō-kər How to pronounce nonsmoker (audio) \
plural nonsmokers

Definition of nonsmoker

: a person who does not smoke tobacco : a person who is not a smoker Radon poisoning is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.— Jonathan Scholles

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That may change in the future, though: Nearly 95 percent of kids between the ages of 12 to 19 were nonsmokers in 2015 to 2016, which is a huge change from 76 percent reported between 1999 and 2000. Korin Miller, SELF, "Almost Half of All U.S. Adults Have Heart Disease or High Blood Pressure," 31 Jan. 2019 Being physically active and a nonsmoker reduce risk, too, while overuse of over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs increases risk. Laura Landro, WSJ, "Doctors Rethink the Cause—and Treatment—of Diverticular Disease," 20 Nov. 2018 Life expectancy for smokers is at least 10 years shorter than for nonsmokers. Scott W. Atlas, WSJ, "Single Payer’s Misleading Statistics," 17 Dec. 2018 The company said those flavors, along with tobacco, mint and menthol, were introduced to appeal to adult smokers, but Mr. Burns said the nontraditional flavors had also become attractive to younger nonsmokers. Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, "Juul Says It Will Quit Social Media," 13 Nov. 2018 As a result, the size of the subsidy will increase by nearly 45 percent for a 40-year-old nonsmoker making $30,000 a year in 2019. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Obamacare premiums are going to go up in 2019. Here’s what you should know.," 15 June 2018 Springer’s discovery about the effect on blood vessels describes just one harmful impact for nonsmokers who are exposed to marijuana. Marissa Ortega-welch, Washington Post, "Are There Risks From Secondhand Marijuana Smoke? Early Science Says Yes.," 21 Mar. 2018 Within a year, heart attack risk drops dramatically; within five years, most smokers cut their risk of stroke to nearly that of a nonsmoker. Consumer Reports, Washington Post, "Smoking even one cigarette a day raises risk for coronary heart disease," 16 Apr. 2018 The industry points to a 2016 British study that says that vaping does not lead nonsmokers to become smokers. Author: Kate Zernike, Anchorage Daily News, "Devices to quit smoking become the devices teenagers can’t quit," 2 Apr. 2018

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1846, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of nonsmoker

: a person who does not smoke


non·​smok·​er | \ (ˈ)nän-ˈsmō-kər\

Kids Definition of nonsmoker

: a person who does not smoke tobacco


non·​smok·​er | \ -ˈsmō-kər How to pronounce nonsmoker (audio) \

Medical Definition of nonsmoker

: a person who does not smoke tobacco

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