Cigarettes Image


May 31, 2014Accents, Articles, Canadian, Life&Food, World News

QR Link

Access this article on a mobile device

QR Code


What makes people want to smoke?


Right click this link to download the mp3.


Right click this link to download a printable PDF file for this conversation.

Alex: Uh, José, uh can you tell me about uh that uh article you were talking about uh on uh tobacco?

José: Yeah. Um it was about um. Well actually it was kind of an old article, uh but I think it…

Alex: How old was it?

José: It was 2010. November 2010?

Alex: Ooh that’s like four years ago.

José: Still it um, (yeah) it talks about the basic issues of of cigarette smoking. And I think the whole issue of cigarette smoking, especially in Japan (mm hmm) it it, it almost doesn’t matter if if you read that article or not. Uh I think (yeah) just discussing the whole role of cigarettes in society uh is something that needs to be done no matter what background knowledge you have. Anyway the article was about um, (mm hmm) new measures at the United Nations to try to curb cigarette smoking and they were talking about um (yeah) Third World countries and Africa as being the new (uh huh) target for major um cigarette Brands like Rothmans and R.J. Reynolds to move (mm hmm yeah) their focus from North America and Europe where people know that cigarettes are bad for you (yeah) and to move them to to uh to Third World countries (uh huh) where they can still sell this wonderful romantic idea that cigarettes…

Alex: Oh, so are sales going down for uh the major tobacco companies?

José: As far as I know, yes they are. (mm hmm) You know, people are starting to clue in. But in Asia, (yeah) and in in Latin America and uh well basically Third World countries (mm hmm yeah) it’s still, it’s still doing well. Japan, thankfully enough, apparently (yeah) under recent um statistics is is starting to go down, but uh (mm hmm) still it’s not to be compared with America.

Alex: With uh OK, with America or Canada, yeah.

José: Oh sorry yeah. With America or Canada. North America let’s say.

Alex: Right. I see. Umm.


Should tobacco companies be allowed to sell their products outside of their own countries?

Do you think your country’s government should raise the tax on tobacco? Why or why not?

We don’t have any pointers for this conversation, but if you have a question, please ask in the ‘Comments’ below. We might use your question as the base for a future pointer.

National Cancer institute

Canadian Tobacco Statistics

Image courtesy of:

Galia (Wikimedia Commons)

Take the quiz

QR Link

Access this article on your mobile device

QR Code

GoldFish Audio cover


Alex Bodnar Image

Alex Bodnar


Harriston, Ontario

José Domingo Cruz image

José Domingo Cruz


Vancouver, British Columbia


  • words (including pause words)
  • minutes in the mp3 audio
  • words per minute for this article

Continue practicing your English fluency with the related posts above, or navigate to other authentic conversations using the Previous and Next buttons below.


To spritz only part of this conversation, highlight the text you want and click the “SPRITZ NOW!” button. Clicking the button without any text highlighted will spritz the entire page.

To quickly adjust the words per minute (wpm), you can use the left and right arrow keys.

Writing comments will help your English writing skills. Feel free to ask questions and share opinions. We try to respond to all comments we get on the site. test


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This

Share This

Share this post with your friends!