non·​smok·​ing ˌnän-ˈsmō-kiŋ How to pronounce nonsmoking (audio)
: not permitting smoking
the nonsmoking section of a restaurant
: not smoking
especially : not having the habit of smoking tobacco
… he proclaimed that smokers were hurting not just themselves but their nonsmoking neighbors … Otto Friedrich

Examples of nonsmoking in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Almost half of the Durant casino will be in a nonsmoking area. Ashton Nichols, Dallas News, 26 May 2020 Once upon a time, when buying an airline ticket or booking a table at a restaurant, travelers had to choose between the smoking and nonsmoking sections. Lydia Denworth, Scientific American, 14 May 2020 The same researchers published another small study hinting that the fetuses of women who smoke cigarettes might be more likely to touch their faces than those of nonsmoking women, although that finding was not statistically significant. Roxanne Khamsi, Wired, 10 Mar. 2020 In the Bay Area, Graton converted a former events center into a nonsmoking gaming area, and San Pablo Lytton recently replaced its ventilation system with one that filters out more smoke and pumps in fresh air. Michael Cabanatuan,, 26 Dec. 2019 The study also tested the theory that socialization opportunities are linked to career advancement, by looking at what happened when employees of any gender switched from a nonsmoking boss to a smoker. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, 19 Dec. 2019 The pet-friendly, nonsmoking hotel features 310 rooms, sleek decor — and a sauna and steam room for post-climbing relaxation. Washington Post, 13 June 2019 The researchers looked at nonsmoking youth from 2013 to 2016 and found that 35.4% of those ages 3 to 17 had been exposed to secondhand smoke, which can involve inhaling smoke from burning cigarettes, cigars and pipes. Allen Kim, CNN, 15 Aug. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonsmoking was in 1851

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“Nonsmoking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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