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VOA商务英语 - Lesson 263 - Anti smoking campaigns (1)

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Marissa 早上一到办公室,就开始跟同事 Hank 发牢骚。

Marissa: I hate walking into our building in the morning! - All the smokers stand around the building's entrance puffing away....I can't take it! Sorry....I'm just a little bit worked up.

Hank: That's okay. I understand. A lot of people really hate smoke.

M: I'm glad they banned smoking inside the office, but I wish I didn't have to smell it while walking on the street. It makes me feel nauseous. I simply can't understand why a person would want to smoke.

H: well....I used to smoke. I quit about 20 years ago.

M: Yeah...I would assume at this point in history - especially given what we know about the dangers of smoking - most people would have quit already!

Marissa 说,每天早上来上班,大楼门口都有很多烟民在 puffing away 吞云吐雾,she can't take it. 实在让她受不了,烟味让她觉得反胃 nauseous, nauseous is spelled n-a-u-s-e-o-u-s, nauseous 意思是恶心,反胃。她觉得,现在吸烟的危害已经众所周知,怎么还会有人吸烟,真是让人匪夷所思。Hank 20年前也抽烟,我们看看他是怎么说的。

H: You know the saying, "old habits die hard." I think I would add that bad habits die even harder. You know, you could always move to Bhutan.

M: Bhutan? I don't think I've ever heard of it.

H: It's a small kingdom located in the Himalayan Mountains....near Nepal. In 2004, Bhutan banned tobacco altogether.

M: Cool! Did it work? If I go to Bhutan will I never smell cigarette smoke?

H: Actuall....no. I read a recent report that said there's a lot of loopholes in the law....and if you go to restaurants and bars you'll still see lots of people lighting up.

M: (Sighs) So I guess I'm just have to learn to put up with it.

俗话说得好,old habits die hard. 积习难改。Hank 觉得,坏习惯更难改。他开玩笑,建议 Marissa 搬到 Bhutan不丹去,因为不丹2004年就全面禁止烟草了。不过,这项法律其实还是有很多可以钻的空子,loopholes, 所以,在不丹的餐馆和酒吧里,还是能看到很多人 light up 点烟抽。

H: Things are changing, however. Smoking rates are dropping all around the world. Just the other day there was a newspaper report that said New Zealand is raising prices on a pack of cigarettes to US$15 by the year 2016!

M: US$15!? Wow! That's really expensive. But is there any proof that high prices are a deterrent?

H: There have been quite a few studies that show that every time a country raises cigarette taxes and prices, a certain percentage of smokers quit.

不过,情况也在逐渐向好的方向转变, Smoking rates are dropping all around the world. 世界各地的吸烟人口比例都在下降。Hank 看到一篇报道说,新西兰2016年之前,要把一包香烟的价格提高到15美元的天价。Mimi 问,有证据证明涨价能起到抑制作用吗? Deterrent is spelled d-e-t-e-r-r-e-n-t, deterrent 意思是起到阻止和威慑效果的因素。Hank 说,有不少研究都发现,一个国家每一次给香烟涨价或是提高税率,都会有一部分烟民戒烟。

网友的学习评论(21条):
作者:小马过河
I do not like smoking !!!!!
作者:灵猫
I agree with the comment above。
作者:winnie yuan
smoking really affect pepole's health.
作者:eric
it is great !thank you !
作者:lydialidan
Can I say I understand some smokers ? Smoking may help them relieve pressures.
作者:dorita
I hate smoking.
作者:eric
i do not smoke.i just hope my father can quit.
作者:Liming
I hate smoking,So I can`t do that .
作者:Lindachen
yes i support that and i
作者:eleven
i would rather one to drink than to smoke.
作者:sino
i am a smoker,i feel smoking would help me relax sometimes .but it is harmful to me and others,maybe someday i will give it up.
作者:wuyou
I really hate smoking and I can't tolerate people who smoke before me.
作者:Anne
Smoking is really a crime. Hurting and killing innorcent strangers due to one's weakness of giving up bad habits is really selfish and evil.
I have five years of smoking, I want to give it up, but it is so hard.
作者:huangyu
old habits die hard!!
作者:Rita
I really hate someone smoking in the building or on the train, it always makes me feel nauseous.since smoking really do harm to the smoker and others, I hope that people who is addicted to smoking can quit .
作者:Rachel
I feel nauseous when smell the smoke, the smokers puffing away in the building, I can't take it. Most of people have old habits die hard, and laws are have loopholes, however smoking rates are dropping all around the world as the high price of cigarettes is a deterrent.
作者:bella
Smoking is hurtful to health
作者:superfans
I don't smoke.
作者:Silkmos
My bos is a smoker and he always smoke in the office and never cares about others around him. Probably he thinks puffing away is super cool. I'm glad that our country has banned smoking inside the office and in public. I wish we don't have to smell the smoke while walking on the street. Passive smoking makes me feel auseous. I am wondering why some people want to smoke since they know that smoking does bad to their health.
作者:FunkyWife
Lifestyle like somking or not is a personal choice,but the bottom line is you can't bother others,especially women and children.It's an issue of citizen quality and responsibility.
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