Do People Have the Right to Smoke in Public?

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My father used to smoke
He got very ill.
The doctor told him that he had to quit smoking.
My father tried for a long time to quit.
It was very difficult for him.
Smoking is an addiction.
After many months, my father finally gave up smoking, but he still craved a cigarette once in a while.
He says that quitting smoking is the hardest thing that he has ever done.
When my father did smoke, he smoked everywhere.
He smoked in restaurants, stores and many public buildings.
Now, you are not allowed to smoke in a lot of public places.
When my father smoked, the rules were not so strict.
People could smoke just about anywhere.
It really wasn’t fair to the people who didn’t smoke.
Their clothes always smelled like smoke, and they breathed in second-hand smoke.
Some people think that second-hand smoke is actually worse for you than if you smoke yourself.
People would smoke in their houses, and very young children would inhale the smoke that was in the air.
Some people still smoke in their houses, and their children breathe in the smoke.
Some restaurants have areas for smokers and nonsmokers, but usually the smoke drifts from one area to the other.
There are some businesses that have banned smoking altogether.
Personally, I think that smoking in public places should be completely banned.
I don’t think that I should have to breathe in another person’s smoke if I choose not to smoke myself.
It wouldn’t be fair for a nonsmoker to get lung cancer because they had to be in a place where smokers were allowed to light up.
I know that smoking is a powerful addiction and that it is very difficult to quit, but smokers should restrict their smoking to places where there is nobody else around.
Lung cancer is an awful disease.
Nobody should have to suffer with lung cancer.
People should be educated about the dangers of smoking.
Smoking should be banned in public places, but eventually I would like to believe that fewer people will smoke.
It would be nice to live in a smoke free environment.


a strong desire to do or have something regularly
drug/heroin/alcohol etc addiction

– the growing problem of heroin addiction among young people.

 give up phrasal verb

give something ↔ up
to stop doing something, especially something that you do regularly
-Darren has decided to give up football at the end of this season.
-She gave up her job and started writing poetry.
give up doing something
-I gave up going to the theatre when I moved out of London.
-Why don’t you give up smoking?

to have a very strong almost uncontrollable desire for (something, esp. something bad):
synonyms: want, seek
– She’s an insecure child who craves attention .
-he craved our forgiveness
-it was hot and I was craving for a glass of ice water.
-love and understanding were what he had always craved.
-orders craving immediate attention.
-I was craving a cigarette.
-He craved stardom.


a strict order or rule is one that must be obeyed
-You had strict instructions not to tell anybody.
-There are strict limits on presidential campaign contributions.

-He’s under strict orders from his doctor to quit smoking.
-I’m telling you this in the strictest confidence (=it must be kept completely secret) .


to breathe in air, smoke, or gas
ᅳopposite exhale

-Myra lit another cigarette and inhaled deeply (=breathed in a lot of smoke)

ᅳinhalation noun
-One man was treated for smoke inhalation (=when you breathe smoke from a fire) .


to move slowly on water or in the air, be carried slowly by a current of air or water.
drift out/towards etc

-Smoke drifted up from the jungle ahead of us.

 light up
to start to burn, or to make something start to burn
-He stopped to light a cigarette.
-I lit the fire and poured a drink.
-I couldn’t get the candles to light.

put a limit on; keep under control.

– I restrict myself to (drinking) two cups of coffee a day.
– laws to restrict the sale of alcohol.
– We had to restrict the number of students in this course.
– some roads may have to be closed at peak times to restrict the number of visitors.



1 thought on “Do People Have the Right to Smoke in Public?

  • crave:

    to have an extremely strong desire for something
    She’s an insecure child who craves attention .

    *he craved our forgiveness
    *it was hot and I was craving for a glass of ice water
    *love and understanding were what he had always craved
    *orders craving immediate attention

    to move slowly on water or in the air
    drift out/towards etc
    The rubber raft drifted out to sea. Smoke drifted up from the jungle ahead of us.

    to limit someone’s actions or movements
    The cramped living conditions severely restricted the children’s freedom to play.

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