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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Of those, about 890,000 deaths are non-smokers exposed to secondhand smoke. Yuri Kageyama, The Seattle Times, "Philip Morris woos puff-happy Japan for post-smoking era," 23 Oct. 2018 Still, the health ministry says it is estimated as many as 15,000 people die in Japan from secondhand smoke every year. Megumi Fujikawa, WSJ, "Coughing Up Reform: Japan Tightens Smoking Laws a Little," 18 July 2018 Your eyes are no exception, and being exposed to smoke or secondhand smoke can make dry eye worse, the NEI says. Korin Miller, SELF, "7 Things That Can Make Your Dry Eyes Even Worse," 1 Aug. 2018 Smoking is the top risk factor for COPD, but it is also caused by significant exposure to air pollution and/or secondhand smoke. Candace Bromley,, "Q&A: What do I need to know about COPD?," 17 Apr. 2018 Meanwhile, Springer worries that people might come to the wrong conclusion — that the absence of research means the secondhand smoke is OK. Marissa Ortega-welch, Washington Post, "Are There Risks From Secondhand Marijuana Smoke? Early Science Says Yes.," 21 Mar. 2018 Even secondhand smoke leaves a residue on walls and building exteriors, says David Brauer, owner of PuroClean, a cleaning service in Walpole. Nicole Defeudis,, "Four ways to keep marijuana from smelling up your home," 21 June 2018 The estimate doesn’t include illnesses related to secondhand smoke, such as childhood asthma or premature births to mothers who smoke. Meg Wingerter, The Seattle Times, "Oklahoma advances efforts to combat tobacco use," 13 Jan. 2018 There was a case in Broward County in 2005 where the judge ruled that secondhand smoke was a nuisance and ordered the smoker to stop. Gary M. Singer,, "Ask a real estate pro: Neighbor's smoking is getting into my unit. What can I do?," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of secondhand smoke

1891, in the meaning defined above

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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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