Child Addicts

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

In many countries smoking isn’t as easy as it used to be. You can’t smoke in airplanes. You can’t smoke on school grounds. You can’t even smoke on outdoor patios. This is not the case in Indonesia. Here, many children are addicted to cigarettes.

Aldi is one example of a child addict. At age two he smoked 40 cigarettes a day. His mother smoked when she was pregnant. Smoking is a part of the Indonesian culture. Many people in Indonesia don’t realize that smoking is dangerous.

Read this CNN article and watch the video. Then discuss the issues and try some related materials.

Discussion Questions

1. Is it common for young people to smoke in your country?
2. How do you feel when you see a pregnant woman smoking?
3. How does this sentence make you feel? “Aldi smokes an average of 40 cigarettes daily.”
4. What does this sentence mean? “Aldi was a victim of his environment.”
5. Will tobacco become an illegal substance in your lifetime?

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

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.


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  1. melanie says:

    Mar 16, 2011 at 9:38 am

    This is truly unbelievable – it’s horrible! Living in a country where smoking is still relatively acceptable, it will be an interesting topic for discussion. It also makes me rethink why I’m still smoking…

    • ESL Library Staff says:

      Mar 18, 2011 at 3:03 pm

      Hey Melanie. It is a disturbing story for sure. Sometimes a visual like this can help us make real changes in our own lives. We hope our Discussion Starter lessons and Something to Think about posts help students and teachers ponder questions that are relevant in their own lives. Let us know about the smoking! You can do it!

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