Questions for discussion: Why do people smoke cigarettes? Why do people start smoking cigarettes? Why do people smoke when they know that it is damaging to their health? What types of physical damage can smoking cigarettes cause? What social, political, and economic factors may cause fluctuations in the number of people who smoke cigarettes from year to year? What is smoking cessation, and what different methods are available? How might the race, gender, and economic backgrounds of children and adults affect whether or not they smoke? What responsibilities, if any, do you feel the media has to children to present the dangers of smoking? How do cigarette advertisements present smoking, and what roles do these ads play in encouraging people to smoke?
Listen to the text: Jack Marsden is 16. He lives in semi - detached house with his farther (a garage mechanic) and his mother (an assistant in the shop). For most of the days his mother has a cigarette hanging from her lips. He can't remember ever seeing his farther without a pipe in his mouth. At the youth club, most of his friends are already smoking. Wherever he goes, cigarette ads confront him. His girl- friend smokes, and at the parties he finds it embarrassing to turn down offers of cigarettes: What's matter, Jack? Are you training? He's afraid he'll stop growing. But Jack has seen other posters, and he knows the dangers involved in smoking very well... But even though he knows the dangers he sometimes wonders what he is missing. adsshort form of "advertisements" embarrassing it makes him feel awkward, not like others trainto get fit, practice a sport
Comprehension Where does Jack live? Where does he go in free time? Where do his parents work? Do his parents smoke a lot? What does he do when people offer him a cigarette? What do you think his parents think about the fact that he doesn't smoke?
Points of view: What are Jack's reasons for not smoking? How does he feel when he is with his friends? What do you think Jack feels he is missing? What do you think his parents' reasons for smoking all day are?
Role- playing Imagine you are Jack. Try to persuade your friends to give up smoking. List all bad points. Imagine you are a smoker and your friend is not. Try to persuade him to start smoking. He will talk about the bad things. Find an answer for them. Your doctor is telling you how bad smoking is for your health; disagree with him/her, and say why it's not dangerous. Act out the argument between someone who wants to ban cigarette ads and someone who disagrees.
What do you think? What's are people's reasons for smoking? Why do the start? What effects does smoking have on people? Are these good or bad? Should cigarette ads be allowed? Could it be bad for children? Why do you think smokers find it difficult to give up smoking? Are they addicted? Give your own reasons for smoking or not smoking?
Imagine that you work at a tobacco company and wish to organize a no smoking campaign at your business. How would you attempt to implement such a policy at a tobacco company?
Speak about the danger of lung cancer. Describe how many people die, what the doctors say, how it shortens your life
Analyze cigarette ads in newspapers, magazines, and on billboards, focusing on who is in each ad, what they are doing, how the product is presented, and what seems to be "promised" if one smokes. Imagine that you work at a tobacco
Do you think that including photograph of diseased organs and sick people as a result of cigarette smoking is appropriate or effective? Why or why not?
Give your own reasons for smoking or not smoking?