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França aperta o cerco contra cigarro

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It’s a habit that is costing France dearly.

More than 70,000 people die in the country each year from tobacco-related illnesses.

The government plans to change cigarette packets. They might soon have no branding and carry large health warnings.

France has often been seen as a paradise for smokers, in part because of the cafe culture. It’s estimated that a quarter of the population smokes.

Transcrição em português:

É um vício que está custando caro para a França.

Mais de 70 mil pessoas morrem no país a cada ano por causa de doenças ligadas ao fumo.

O governo planeja mudar os maços de cigarro. Em breve, eles não terão mais marca alguma e levarão alertas à saúde.

A França muitas vezes foi vista como um paraíso para fumantes, em parte por causa da cultura dos cafés. Estima-se que um quarto da população fume.

Vocabulary:

habit - action someone does often, even without thinking about it, and which can be difficult to give up

tobacco-related - (here) caused by smoking

branding - commercial name and visual symbols of a company which appear on a product

health warnings - written statement which tells people that using that product can make them unwell

a quarter - 25 per cent

Exercise:

habit / tobacco-related / branding / health warnings / a quarter

1. __________ on alcoholic drinks should be introduced to combat problem drinking, a parliamentary group says.

2. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), smoking cigarettes kills almost five million people worldwide every year and drains the continent's already impoverished public health services as the cost of treating __________ disease soars.

3. The study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology contradicts the idea that being under pressure leads to bad __________ like over-eating or shopping sprees.

4. Almost __________ of British football clubs say their finances "need attention or are cause for grave concern", according to a BDO report.

5. "It's perfect for __________ products that are about adventure and rugged outdoors – so that gives you vehicles, clothes, equipment and luggage."

Answers:

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Misuse said labels should warn about the harmful effects of drinking age.

Source: Alcoholic drinks should carry health warnings, says parliamentary group http://bbc.in/1sMrVlJ

2. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), smoking cigarettes kills almost five million people worldwide every year and drains the continent's already impoverished public health services as the cost of treating tobacco-related disease soars.

Source: Why do we still smoke in Africa? http://bbc.in/1vsLe4I

3. The study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, contradicts the idea that being under pressure leads to bad habits like over-eating or shopping sprees.

Source: People under stress stick to habits, good or bad http://bbc.in/1vryxW8

4. Almost a quarter of British football clubs say their finances "need attention or are cause for grave concern", according to a BDO report.

Source: A quarter of clubs says finances are ‘cause for grave concern’ http://bbc.in/1vsNedl

5. "It's perfect for branding products that are about adventure and rugged outdoors – so that gives you vehicles, clothes, equipment and luggage."

Source: Brand Maasai: Why nomads might trademark their name http://bbc.in/1rBDOeh