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

Examples of secondhand smoke in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web People who smoke pose a risk to those nearby in the form of secondhand smoke. Karen Kaplan Science And Medicine Editor, Los Angeles Times, 18 Jan. 2022 Smoking is the largest risk factor for lung cancer, but the disease can also be caused by secondhand smoke and exposure to radon, an odorless gas often detected inside of buildings. al, 4 Dec. 2021 Enactment of the ban followed 13 years of work by a coalition to educate the public on the dangers of secondhand smoke. The Associated. Press, Arkansas Online, 8 Nov. 2021 Weather, stress, infections (such as strep throat), smoking or secondhand smoke and certain medications, like those to treat high blood pressure are some common psoriasis flare triggers. Alyssa Jung, Good Housekeeping, 3 Oct. 2021 Think of being unvaccinated like being a smoker who is spreading their secondhand smoke. Comilla Sasson And Robin Cogan, CNN, 2 Aug. 2021 Doctors have often scrutinized allergens that patients can control at home, such as pests and secondhand smoke. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 9 July 2021 Of those annual cases, experts say that secondhand smoke exposure contributes to about 7,300 lung cancer diagnoses, while radon contributes to approximately 2,900. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, 3 Aug. 2021 Several people opposing cannabis dispensaries in the city chimed in at the meeting, citing concerns over health hazards such as secondhand smoke and overdoses from products, children’s access to items and possible addiction. San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 May 2021

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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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21 Jan 2022

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“Secondhand smoke.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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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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