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secondhand smoke

smoke from a cigarette, cigar, or pipe that is involuntarily inhaled, especially by nonsmokers.
Origin of secondhand smoke
1975-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for secondhand smoke
  • Nowadays, the café's literary patrons have only secondhand smoke to fear.
  • Smoking in the household can cause health problems for family members from secondhand smoke, including lung cancer.
  • secondhand smoke, once considered a mere nuisance, has proved to be far more harmful.
  • In addition, you should try to avoid secondhand smoke.
  • Some are doing it voluntarily, as public awareness about the health dangers of secondhand smoke grows.
  • It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that secondhand smoke is bad for your health.
  • The intent of the law was to help nonsmokers avoid exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • Much progress has been made in reducing secondhand smoke exposure over the past decade.
  • secondhand smoke is the combination of smoke from the burning end of a cigarette and the smoke breathed out by smokers.
  • Separating smokers from nonsmokers, cleaning the air, and ventilating buildings does not eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke.
secondhand smoke in Medicine

secondhand smoke sec·ond·hand smoke (sěk'ənd-hānd')
Cigarette, cigar, or pipe smoke that is inhaled unintentionally by nonsmokers and may be injurious to their health if inhaled regularly over a long period.

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