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English Conversation Topic 17
Talking about cigarettes in English

Conversation Starters
People all over the world smoke cigarettes. Some smoke one or two per day, some smoke a whole pack or two per day. (They would be called "chain smokers".) Talk with your partner about this common behavior, using the questions below. If you don't have a conversation partner, try to come up with your own answers using complete English sentences.
1. Why do so many people smoke cigarettes?

2. Do you know anyone who smokes too much?

3. Do you smoke or have you ever tried smoking?

4. Do you know anyone who smokes a pipe?

5. Do you know anyone who smokes cigars? (a kind of very big, fat cigarette)

Discussion Questions
Use the English questions below to have longer conversations about cigarettes and smoking.
1. Why do you think that tobacco (the leaves inside cigarettes) is legal?

2. Do you think cigarettes should be made illegal? If yes, what should the punishment be?

3. Do you think smoking should be banned in all bars and restaurants? Why or why not?

4. What advice can you give to someone who wants to stop smoking?

5. Do you think there are any advantages to smoking?

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