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1590s, "one who cures meat," agent noun from smoke (v.). Meaning "one who smokes tobacco" is from 1610s. Railway meaning "smoking car" is from 1875. Smoker's cough attested from 1898.
A place where intense discussion or negotiation takes place: the smoke-filled rooms of the Democratic Party