the inhaling of cigarette, cigar, and pipe smoke of others, especially by a nonsmoker in an enclosed area.
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You may have read the word "simmer" in a recipe or two, but what does it really mean?
Also called passive inhalation .
Origin of passive smoking
First recorded in 1970–75
Words nearby passive smoking
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British Dictionary definitions for passive smoking
the inhalation of smoke from other people's cigarettes by a nonsmoker
Derived forms of passive smokingpassive smoker, noun
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