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chain smoker

A person who smokes cigarettes continuously, such that they begin a new cigarette as (or almost as) soon as the last one is extinguished. My grandmother died of emphysema after being a chain smoker for most of her adult life.
See also: chain, smoker

chain smoker

One who smokes continually by lighting a new cigarette from the one being finished, as in Before they forbade smoking, bridge tournaments often attracted players who are chain smokers . [c. 1930]
See also: chain, smoker


n. someone who smokes cigarette after cigarette. She was a chain-smoker for thirty years, and then suddenly, boom. She’s gone.
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Cigarette smoke contains thousands of dangerous chemicals that are unhealthy for both smokers and nonsmokers.
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It's a giant step backward when government tries to restrict our freedom in order to increase the happiness of a subset of the population--in this case, smokers who want to quit sometime and need the financial push.
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5 percent of the cigar smokers were in some stage of emphysema.
The comparison of parameters of BP, HR, and plasma MDA levels in the control smokers and non-smokers is given in Table 2.
This suggests that apart from having a hard time finding a job, smokers also are paid relatively less than their non-smoking peers.
SBP of both light and heavy smokers were significantly less than control group.
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Of the 864 respondents, 655 did not smoke and 161 were daily smokers (45 occasional smokers and 3 respondents with missing values on this question were excluded from these analyses).
Smokers are social lepers and have to smoke outside whatever the weather, which is very unfair.
The quitters for more than 3 years and current non-smokers showed larger increases in BP than the current smoker.
An example is the Cipollone case in New Jersey, on which the tobacco industry spent more than $50 million, dragging the case out over a ten year period, to deny damages to the family of a heavy smoker who died of lung cancer.
The team of skin specialists in Rome say they found 42 per cent of smokers had acne compared with only one in 10 non-smokers.