non·​smok·​er | \ˌnän-ˈsmō-kər \
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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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 When nonsmokers alone were considered, the data indicated that moderate coffee drinkers gained some protection from these diseases. Kendall Powell, Washington Post, "After poring over all the evidence, experts declare coffee is (mostly) good for you," 4 Feb. 2018 People with acne were more likely to be female, younger, nonsmokers and of higher socioeconomic status. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, "Acne Can Increase the Risk for Depression," 7 Feb. 2018 These messages could also mislead millions of susceptible nonsmokers, including adolescents. Maggie Fox, NBC News, "Cigarette company Philip Morris tries to sell idea of ‘safer’ tobacco," 24 Jan. 2018 One characteristic shared by these places was their low populations and correspondingly small sample sizes: The last of these studies covered only 22 heart attacks among nonsmokers over the course of nearly four years. Jacob Grier, Slate Magazine, "We Used Terrible Science to Justify Smoking Bans," 13 Feb. 2017

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1846, in the meaning defined above

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non·​smok·​er | \(ˈ)nän-ˈsmō-kər\

Kids Definition of nonsmoker

: a person who does not smoke tobacco


non·​smok·​er | \-ˈsmō-kər \

Medical Definition of nonsmoker 

: a person who does not smoke tobacco

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