One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who smokes only in the company of another smoker.
- ‘I started when I was eighteen because people who smoked at the restaurant I worked at got to take more, and longer, breaks than those who didn't puff (owners and managers were all sympathetic smokers).’
- ‘She is what one might call a sympathetic smoker. You light up, she lights up.’
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