[noh-smoh-king] /ˌnoʊˈsmoʊ kɪŋ/


1905; the sign wording itself is attested by 1817.

Smoking is a vice to [sic] — and a national one, of such magnitude that railroad corporations throughout all their routes in the United States, have a special command in large letters, conspicuously placed at depots and inside of the cars — “No smoking allowed here.” [“The Sailor’s Magazine,” December 1840]


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