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Put Out That Cigarette

Put Out That Cigarette

Date: Dec 01 2006


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Most people will admit that smoking is bad for your health—even if they smoke.

In some countries, words and images on cigarette packs try to warn smokers of the harmful efects of tobacco. But in most countries, you can smoke anywhere.

In the US, actual warnings on cigarette packs remain small. But in many American cities now, it is getting harder to smoke in public. In California, for example, smoking is not allowed inside any public place.

In early 2007, France will enact a ban on public smoking, following other European countries that have already put laws into place, like Italy and Ireland.

Listen to Logan and Kevin talk about smoking in public.


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Kevin:  What’s your thought about going to places like smoky bars on a Saturday night?

Logan:  I don’t… you know, I’m going into a bar, I’m going to expect smoke.

Kevin:  I, you know, I prefer non-smoking bars but I go to bars that are… where people smoke.

Logan:  I don’t have a problem with people smoking in public. It does kind of… I mean, it’s their prerogative. They can do it if they want.

Kevin:  I agree. But you know, this summer, I had a couple instances where I was out, like, in, uh, cafes, like in the street, eating, where you’re outside, so people are smoking. Very unpleasant. And, you know, I think the US is unique… I would say the US and Canada are unique in terms of, like, government action against tobacco companies…

Logan:  Banning it, yeah. In certain areas…

Kevin:  Uh-huh, as opposed to, uh, most Asian countries, you know, European… when I lived in Spain, I mean, people just smoke everywhere. People smoke on the platforms of the subway. Um…

Logan:  I think in the United States and a little bit… and in Canada obviously, they have skulls on their packs. They really emphasize the effects of second-hand smoke. That, you know, if you’re just sitting next to someone smoking, you’re inhaling the smoke. It’s just as bad as smoking that cigarette.

Kevin:  Almost, yeah.

Logan:  And so our government has really cracked down on that kind of an issue, where you can get lung cancer from not even smoking, just being in an area where people are smoking.



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Logan says that people have the right to smoke wherever they want.

Kevin agrees but he’s had some bad experiences breathing other people’s cigarette smoke at outdoor cafes.

Kevin and Logan think that the US and Canada have more rules about where you can smoke than in Europe or in Asia.

Do you think smoking in public should be allowed?



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A very good lesson thanks alot

05:55 AM Mar 26 2008 |



Smoking is injerous to health, people should not smok…..

10:33 AM Jan 12 2008 |



thats a good lesson. thx

04:00 PM Nov 11 2007 |



From all points of view smoking is bad

01:48 PM Nov 11 2007 |




i'm just sitting opposite one of my co-workers smoking all day long. its terrible. i feel like that my body condition is getting bad day by day. im thinking about changing a place to sit

06:39 AM Nov 09 2007 |




a very good lesson thx alot

02:50 AM Oct 24 2007 |



Well, I agree smoking is their prerogative but none’s entitled to prejudice others.

05:23 PM Aug 31 2007 |

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