secondhand smoke


Definition of secondhand smoke

: tobacco smoke that is exhaled by smokers or is given off by burning tobacco and is inhaled by persons nearby

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Tan noted his research also showed that despite decades worth of anti-smoking public education campaigns and a decline in smoking, half of the middle and high school students surveyed in the report were exposed to secondhand smoke in 2018. Kate Thayer,, "More bad news about vaping: Teens increasingly are breathing in secondhand e-cigarette vapors, report says," 28 Aug. 2019 Almost 55% of those from families below the federal poverty level were exposed to secondhand smoke, versus 16% from families making 400% above the poverty level. Allen Kim, CNN, "Over a third of American kids who don't smoke are exposed to it anyways, study finds. Most are below the poverty line.," 15 Aug. 2019 One recent study showed that breathing secondhand smoke from a vape may make asthma symptoms worse. Marisa Cohen, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Juuling? Everything to Know About the Popular Vaping Trend," 4 Sep. 2019 The report, in one of the journals published by the American Medical Association, also shows about half of kids in that age group are exposed to secondhand smoke from tobacco cigarettes despite a nationwide decline in smoking. Kate Thayer,, "More bad news about vaping: Teens increasingly are breathing in secondhand e-cigarette vapors, report says," 28 Aug. 2019 Cigarette smoking kills more than 480,000 adults a year in the U.S., either directly or through secondhand smoke exposure, according to the CDC. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Vaping shops will lose in Michigan's e-cigarette ban, but is public health worth it?," 4 Sep. 2019 The city’s new regulations require the areas for consumption remain separate from where cannabis is sold, so that sellers aren’t impacted by secondhand smoke, the city agency said. Melia Russell,, "Outside Lands gets city’s green light for pot sales on festival grounds," 7 Aug. 2019 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 Glantz highlighted his achievements: two statistics textbooks, the research behind the dangers of secondhand smoke and much of what's been learned about the tobacco industry's historical misstatements on the addictive nature of tobacco. Jayne O'donnell, USA TODAY, "Study linking vaping to heart attacks muddied amid spat between two tobacco researchers," 17 July 2019

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First Known Use of secondhand smoke

1891, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of secondhand smoke was in 1891

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English Language Learners Definition of secondhand smoke

: smoke from a cigarette, cigar, pipe, etc., that can be inhaled by people who are near the person who is smoking

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Medical Definition of secondhand smoke

: tobacco smoke that is exhaled by a smoker or is given off by burning tobacco (as of a cigarette) and is inhaled by persons nearby

called also passive smoke

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