follow Dictionary.com

How do you spell Hannukah?

secondhand smoke

noun
1.
smoke from a cigarette, cigar, or pipe that is involuntarily inhaled, especially by nonsmokers.
Origin
1975-1980
1975-80
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
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')
n.
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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for secondhand smoke

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for secondhand

17
19
Scrabble Words With Friends