passive smoking

noun

Definition of passive smoking

: the involuntary inhalation of tobacco smoke (as from another's cigarette) especially by a nonsmoker

First Known Use of passive smoking

1971

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PASSIVE SMOKING Defined for English Language Learners

passive smoking

Definition of passive smoking for English Language Learners

  • : the breathing in of cigarette smoke from people who are smoking nearby


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passive smoking

noun

medical Definition of passive smoking

: the involuntary inhalation of tobacco smoke (as from another's cigarette) especially by a nonsmoker

passive smoker

noun

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