Mar 042013

In this week’s 6 Minute English: Rob and Feifei discuss a tough new law in Russia that bans smoking in public places.

Under the new legislation, smoking in places like restaurants, train station entrances and children’s playgrounds will be illegal.

We hear how this will come as a shock to Russia’s smokers and learn some smoking-related vocabulary along the way.

This week’s question:

According to figures from the World Lung Foundation, the people of which country smoke the most cigarettes each year?

a) China

b) Estonia

c) Serbia

Listen out for the answer at the end of the programme.



a smoking ban: a law that does not allow smoking
lighting up: lighting / smoking a cigarette
to smoke like a chimney: to smoke a lot
to stub out: to put a cigarette out (by pushing the remaining part of the cigarette on to a hard surface like an ash tray)
addicted: unable to stop doing something even though you want to
put that in your pipe and smoke it: to accept what you are told, even if you don’t like it
cravings: strong feelings for doing something (eg: smoking)
to extinguish: to put out
to go up in smoke: to be a waste of time


6 Minute English – Russia’s new smoking ban Transcript Video


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