non·​smok·​ing | \ ˌnän-ˈsmō-kiŋ How to pronounce nonsmoking (audio) \

Definition of nonsmoking

1 : not permitting smoking the nonsmoking section of a restaurant
2 : 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

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And instead of helping smokers quit, Juul captured the nonsmoking teen market. Julia Belluz, Vox, "7 bad science and health ideas that should die with 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 Morgan and his attorneys argue the public intended that access to the drug would be through smoking, in addition to the nonsmoking options authorized by lawmakers. Mary Ellen Klas And Elizabeth Koh, miamiherald, "Should Florida should let patients smoke marijuana? A judge is hearing arguments | Miami Herald," 16 May 2018 As smokers have adjusted to nonsmoking flights, drinkers would also adjust. Satish Jindel, WSJ, "Dry the Friendly Skies," 30 May 2018 Others, like Café Hummel, a family business, have invested thousands of euros in separating smoking and nonsmoking areas — and paid fines after complaints from nonsmoking guests for failing to contain the smoke. Palko Karasz, New York Times, "Austria’s Far Right Wants the Freedom to Smoke," 18 Mar. 2018 Here is the dish on this local nonsmoking establishment: On the menu: Head chef Adrian Ministro, of Griffith, runs the kitchen with Jeff Bridges, of Griffith, who does much of the cooking. Jessi Virtusio, Post-Tribune, "A gathering spot," 22 Dec. 2017 In 2007, a 40-year-old, nonsmoking man could buy a plan on CoverColorado for $223 a month, with a $2,000 deductible, according to figures provided by Linda Gorman, a health policy analyst. John Ingold, The Denver Post, "High-risk pools, a centerpiece of GOP health care bill, have a history in Colorado," 5 May 2017 In a unanimous vote, United Mutual approved a nonsmoking policy. Orange County Register, "United passes $50 additional-occupant fee," 15 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of nonsmoking

1851 , in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of nonsmoking

used to describe a place where people are not allowed to smoke
of a person : not having the habit of smoking


non·​smok·​ing | \ (ˈ)nän-ˈsmō-kiŋ\

Kids Definition of nonsmoking

: reserved for the use of nonsmokers I prefer the nonsmoking section of the restaurant.

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of or relating to a parable or parabola

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