NYC Bans Smoking in Public Outdoor Spaces

Are you looking for something to talk about with your English learners today? Here is a story that will get your students talking!

On February 22, New York City’s mayor, Michael Bloomberg, signed a new smoking ban law. By springtime, smokers will no longer be able to light up in NYC public plazas, parks, beaches, or boardwalks. It is already against the law to smoke in public restaurants, bars and other indoor spaces in NYC.

Read the announcement from The Huffington Post. Then discuss the issue using the questions below.

1. Do you agree with this ban?
2. Does second-hand smoke bother you?
3. Do you think this law “tramples” civil liberties?
4. What does the reporter mean when she says: “Shockingly, the manager of the plant claims he doesn’t know where the wastewater goes. ”
5. Do you think people will obey the law?

While our Something to Talk About suggestions are useful for getting your students gabbing, the topics, articles, and videos can also be used if you are looking for something for your students to blog/Skype/or write an opinion essay about.

Related in the ESL-Library:
Every Day is a Holiday: World No Tobacco Day (May 31)
Famous Things: Cigarettes
Mini Debates: Smoking Ban
Famous Things: Prohibition
Business in English: Cigarettes in the 21st Century
Something to Talk About: Child Addicts

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