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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For example, some nonsmokers get lung cancer, and some smokers do not get lung cancer. Scientific American, "How Misinformation Spreads—and Why We Trust It," 3 Sep. 2019 Men who currently smoke have a risk of lung cancer about 23 times that of nonsmokers, while the risk for women is about 13 times higher. Richard Gunderman, The Conversation, "The test that could save the life of a long-time smoker you know," 2 Sep. 2019 As the Verge reports, the FDA will look at e-cigarettes’ marketing and ingredients, plus whether e-cigarettes affect the likelihood that tobacco users will quit smoking and the likelihood that nonsmokers will smoke. Stephie Grob Plante, Vox, "San Francisco, the home of Juul, voted to ban e-cigarettes," 26 June 2019 At a pack a day (20 cigarettes), the risk is tripled compared to nonsmokers. Ryan Blethen,, "‘Even one cigarette’ in pregnancy can raise risk of baby’s death, study finds," 3 Apr. 2019 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 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 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 An estimated 41,000 adult nonsmoker deaths were linked to secondhand smoke in 2013 and 2014. Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things to know for July 12: Barry, politics, R. Kelly, immigrants, secondhand smoke," 12 July 2019

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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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