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recent cigarette advert consisited of a dull picture of a motorcycle. Only one
clue told consumers which brand to buy: the motorcycle was red, the colour of
Marlboro. Such adverts may may puzzle or bore most people, but they anger
anti-smoking groups, which argue that smoking is a health risk that should be
week, The British Parliament will vote on a ban for all cigarete advertising.
Ministers wish to cut smoking by children under 16 years by a third by 1998.
Their proposal is to make existing rules tighter.
there is no hard evidence that advertising has much effect on total
consumption. Whereas in some countries prohibitions are followed by a fall in
consumption, in others there seems to be an increase in smoking.
people believe there are better ways to prevent smoking. Tax increases or to
enforce the law to prevent cigarette sales to teenagers under sixteen may have
more effect than restrictions on advertising.
Find words in the text that have the same or similar meaning to the following
Acording to the text, are these statements true or false?
Justify your answer in your own words. (1.5 points)
Everybody could easily understand and remember that the advert with a red
motorcycle advertised Marlboro cigarettes.
The British Goverment is mainly worried about smokers under sixteen.
Restrictions on advertising seem to be the only effective way to make smoking
Complete the following clauses so that they become the type in brackets (1.5
The pub will close (reason)
The pub will close (contrast)
The pub will close (purpose)
Put the following sentences into the passive (2 points)
They say that Henry Crippen was the first murderer to be caught by radio.
In most of Europe, they consider that capital punishment is barbaric.
They said that Ruth Ellis, hanged in 1952, was in love with the man she
They know that women commit 20% of all homicides in the USA.
They claim, according to some studies, that each execution deters 8 murders.
Write 80 words about this topic: Cigarette smoking should be forbidden in all
public places. (3 points)