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Kia Ora. Today two Maori smokefree representatives are meeting a tobacco company in New York to talk about the way cigarettes are killing maori people. Stick News brings you this report about smoking.
This is a cigarette vending machine in Japan. You may be surprised at some of the names of the cigarettes. Lark, peace. You wouldn’t think smoking these things could be so dangerous.
In Japan smoking is on the decline, and some steps have been taken to discourage the habit. There are non-smoking areas in many restaurants and cafes. Smoking in the street is banned in the Chiyoda ward in Tokyo. And in other areas smoking while walking is also discouraged. Advertising smoking is still permitted although the advertisements on trains now come with health warnings.
In some other countries the warnings are much stronger. Such as on this vending machine in Melbourne, Australia.
In New Zealand on December 10th 2004 all bars and restaurants became smokefree. There’s been an aggressive anti-smoking campaign for many years. And smokefree warnings are bilingual. Last year it was discovered that in Isreal, cigarettes called Maori Mix werebeing sold. Maori people were not impressed.
When Tobacco company Philip Morris was contacted about the issue last year there was an immediate retraction and apology. But Maori still have more to say and are meeting Philip Morris’s parent company in New York today.
And that was Stick News for Thursday the 27th of April.
conversations with sarah
# 19 Have you been to Hawaii before?
Sarah is on the plane from Tokyo to Hawaii. She starts talking to the woman next to her.
Step 1: Repeat woman X’s lines.
Step 2: Read woman X’s lines on the screen and talk to Sarah!
Sarah Have you been to Hawaii before?
Woman X Yes, about ten times.
Sarah Wow! You must really like it.
Woman X Yes, I do. It’s a beautiful place.
Sarah How long are you going for this time?
Woman X 10 days. How about you?
Sarah Ah, I’m staying for a week. I’ve never been to Hawaii before.
Woman X Really?
Sarah Yeah. Actually, I’ve never been to America before.
Woman X I hope you have a good time.
Sarah Thanks. I’m sure I will. I’m really excited.