smoke from a cigarette, cigar, or pipe that is involuntarily inhaled, especially by nonsmokers.
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Origin of secondhand smoke
First recorded in 1975–80
Words nearby secondhand smoke
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Medical definitions for secondhand smoke
[ sĕk′ənd-hănd′ ]
Cigarette, cigar, or pipe smoke that is inhaled unintentionally by nonsmokers and is injurious to their health if inhaled regularly over a long period of time.passive smoke
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