One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who smokes tobacco regularly.
- ‘People must continually be reminded of the horrendous damage that tobacco inflicts on smokers and those who experience second hand smoke.’
- ‘Statistics show that almost all smokers were hooked on tobacco as adolescents.’
- ‘Tobacco companies misled smokers for years about the consequences of their products.’
- ‘Three categories of tobacco users, or smokers, were commonly used: regular use, lifetime use, and occasional use.’
- ‘I did not encounter any women in the community who were regular smokers of local tobacco, or any young men.’
- ‘Such opponents of the bans say that many smokers are addicted to tobacco and nicotine and therefore need to smoke.’
- ‘I really don't have a problem with the majority determining the laws, but I do have some concern that tobacco smokers are being targeted as outlaws.’
- ‘The report also showed 10 per cent of pupils were tobacco smokers - smoking at least one cigarette a week.’
- ‘As well as the concern over violent computer games, research has shown that the majority of underage smokers buy cigarettes and tobacco themselves from retailers.’
- ‘I myself used to smoke cannabis, although I have never been a smoker of tobacco. Is it such a crime?’
- ‘In the past, the government has used regulatory tools like levying higher taxes, chiefly on cigarettes, in the belief that an increase in the price of tobacco motivates smokers to quit.’
- ‘The biggest mistake smokers / tobacco chewers make when trying to quit is giving up.’
- ‘A regular smoker says that the cigar smoke has to be savoured by rolling in the mouth rather than inhaling it.’
- ‘Little is known about cancer rates prior to the nineteenth century, though lip and lung cancers were probably not uncommon among native smokers of tobacco.’
- ‘Cannabis users experience the same health problems as tobacco smokers, including bronchitis, emphysema, bronchial asthma and lung cancer.’
- ‘The very high rate of dependence among young tobacco smokers shows the importance for timing prevention messages at the earliest age possible.’
- ‘He was a long-time smoker and regularly drank moderate quantities of beer.’
- ‘Smoking households were defined as households with one or more resident tobacco smokers (cigarettes, pipes, or cigars).’
- ‘If you're a smoker or are regularly exposed to cigarette smoke, studies show that synthetic beta carotene could increase your lung cancer risk.’
- ‘In conclusion, our results show that a high percentage of tobacco smokers tend to be drinkers also.’
- 1.1 A train compartment in which smoking is allowed.
2A person or device that smokes fish or meat.
- ‘The plan is to use this for a year or so, then build a brick smoker with integrated barbecue next summer.’
- ‘For the salmon belly, prepare a hot smoker with applewood chips.’
- ‘Housed in food tents alongside the pier, some of West Cork's finest fish smokers, cheese makers and organic gardeners will have their produce on sale.’
- ‘The temperature in the smoker should be maintained at 250 to 300°F for safety.’
- ‘Remove the liver from the smoker; lay on a sheet of plastic wrap on a flat work surface.’
3North American dated An informal social gathering for men.
4A device which emits smoke for subduing bees in a hive.
- ‘The smoker is really an essential piece of equipment for inspecting bees.’
- ‘The third important piece of equipment is the smoker, which is used to pacify the bees. In the wild, the smell of smoke (forest fire) will send the bees indoors to fill up with honey. That way they will have a full belly if they are forced to leave their hive.’
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