Definition of passive smoking in English:

passive smoking

noun

  • [mass noun] The involuntary inhaling of smoke from other people's cigarettes, cigars, or pipes:

    ‘children are more susceptible to the effects of passive smoking’
    • ‘Do not let anyone smoke in the same room as your baby - passive smoking is thought to double the risk of SIDS.’
    • ‘The proportion of passive smoking at home was slightly higher among nonatopic workers.’
    • ‘I cannot see how employees could suffer from passive smoking as they do not use the room in the evening.’
    • ‘The most important indoor source of these pollutants is active or passive smoking in study areas.’
    • ‘This study supports the use of cotinine as an appropriate marker for passive smoking.’
    • ‘The act of breathing in this secondary smoke is called passive smoking.’
    • ‘A British Medical Journal study showed passive smoking kills more than 11,000 people a year in the Britain.’
    • ‘Policies that ban smoking in public places are effective in reducing passive smoking among non-smokers generally.’
    • ‘Most studies on passive smoking have examined the risks of living with someone who smokes.’
    • ‘However, this is a promising strategy if we really want to know whether passive smoking increases the risk of various diseases.’
    • ‘Existing evidence is already sufficient to implicate passive smoking as a cause of lung cancer and coronary heart disease.’
    • ‘In 1981 an influential Japanese study showed an association between passive smoking and lung cancer.’
    • ‘How much reliance do we place on this new data on passive smoking and snoring in adults?’
    • ‘The two health visitors researched information and evidence about passive smoking and the effect it had on children.’
    • ‘However, the evidence for the health effects of passive smoking is neither as consistent nor as iron clad as Thun wants to portray it.’
    • ‘There is legitimate debate about the effects of passive smoking on heart disease and lung cancer.’
    • ‘The limits of epidemiology were stretched when it was demonstrated that passive smoking caused lung cancer.’
    • ‘Even if they benefit smokers, such cigarettes would not prevent passive smoking.’
    • ‘Before the 1990s, awareness of the danger of passive smoking was lower and smokers smoked freely at home.’
    • ‘What they do not say is that, in a situation analogous to passive smoking, children who do not work can also have occupational diseases.’

Pronunciation:

passive smoking

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