Wednesday, August 3, 2011

One more video about the Indonesian Smoking Baby

Read the story here.

2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, decide which of these topics or words from the article are most interesting and which are most boring.
images / toddlers / smoking / addicted / nicotine / nasty habits / throwing tantrums / worrying trends / statistics / smokers / tobacco companies / sponsors / challenges
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. ADDICTIONS: Do you have any? Complete this table. Show your partner what you wrote. Change partners and share what you heard.
Addicted to…
Yes / A little / No
Wanna stop?
How to stop?
television / gaming
the Internet

4. QUIT IT: Students A strongly believe no one will smoke in 50 years; Students B strongly believe the opposite.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
5. CIGARETTES ARE…: Complete the sentence using a choice below? Rank the words and share your rankings with your partner. Put the word you most agree with at the top. Change partners and share your rankings again.
  • socially acceptable
  • OK
  • killers
  • an individual’s choice
  • good moneymakers
  • stress relievers
6. SMOKING: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word ‘smoking’. Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.


1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if  a-h  below are true (T) or false (F).

a.A 2-year-old in Indonesia smokes 2 packs of cigarettes a day.T / F
b.There is a video of the child smoking on YouTube.T / F
c.The toddler’s father hates his son smoking.T / F
d.The little boy gets really angry if he can’t have a cigarette.T / F
e.A survey shows 3% of Indonesian 3-year-olds smoke regularly.T / F
f.Indonesia is the world’s third largest consumer of cigarettes.T / F
g.Smoking in Indonesia is largely seen as being anti-social behaviour.T / F
h.Indonesians generally have a good impression of tobacco companies.

T / F

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2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.
2addicted tob.leisurely
6.worryingf.fits of temper
10.youthj.hooked on


STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)
a)What did you think when you read the headline?
b)What springs to mind when you hear the word ‘cigarette’?
c)What do you think of people who smoke?
d)What do you think of toddlers who smoke?
e)What do you think of parents who let their toddlers / children smoke?
f)Do you have any addictions?
g)Why are addictions hard to break? Do you have experience of kicking a habit?
h)Should Ardi’s father be punished?
i)Should Ardi be taken away from his parents and put in care?
j)What three adjectives describe this story, and why?
STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)
a)Did you like reading this article?
b)What does your government do to stop people smoking?
c)What’s your history with cigarettes?
d)Do you think there’ll be a day when no one smokes?
e)Why is it so many people still smoke? This is the 21st century!
f)How can Indonesia’s government stop people smoking?
g)Do tobacco companies have too much power?
h)How do you think a tobacco company executive feels knowing his/her company makes so many people ill (or kills them)?
i)Do smokers get too much of a hard time from those who don’t smoke?
What questions would you like to ask Mohammed Rizal?


Images of a two-year-old toddler (1) ____ cigarettes have shocked people in Indonesia. The little boy, Ardi Rizal from Sumatra, is addicted (2) ____ nicotine and smokes 40 cigarettes a day. Videos of Ardi casually puffing away (3) ____ a cigarette emerged this week on YouTube. The footage, now removed, shows him smoking like a true pro. His father, Mohammed Rizal, thinks there’s no problem with his son’s nasty (4) ____. He told reporters that his child looked healthy and that was the only thing that was important. He went on to explain how Ardi (5) ____ up smoking when he was 18 months old. That was when he gave his son his first cigarette. Now he’s totally hooked; he (6) ____ tantrums if his father does not let him smoke.
Ardi’s story is part of a worrying (7) ____ in Indonesia. Government statistics reveal 25 per cent of Indonesian kids aged between 3 and 15 have smoked and that over 3 per cent are (8) ____ smokers. Indonesia is the world’s third largest smoking nation. Cigarettes are everywhere and smoking is still (9) ____ as a socially (10) ____ practice. Health Minister Endang Sedyaningsih said preventing youngsters from smoking would be very difficult because people believe smoking is a good thing. She said tobacco companies are (11) ____ liked because they sponsor many things from education to sporting and public events. She added: “This is the challenge we face in protecting youth (12) ____ the dangers of smoking.”

Put the correct words from the table below in the above article.


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