Definition of passive smoking in English:

Share this entry

passive smoking

Pronunciation: /ˈpasiv smōkiNG/


The involuntary inhaling of smoke from other people’s cigarettes, cigars, or pipes: children are more susceptible to the effects of passive smoking
More example sentences
  • The act of breathing in this secondary smoke is called passive smoking.
  • Before the 1990s, awareness of the danger of passive smoking was lower and smokers smoked freely at home.
  • Even if they benefit smokers, such cigarettes would not prevent passive smoking.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: pas·sive smok·ing

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.