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dateline: 01 May 2019

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Canada Adopts Ugly Packaging for Cigarettes

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • adopt: to start using, having, or doing
  • regulations: rules
  • market researcher: a person who specializes in gathering information about consumer behaviour
  • graphic: detailed, powerful
  • visible: able to be seen well
  • standardized: made in the same way; having the same format
  • take measures: to do something to achieve a purpose

Canada Adopts Ugly Packaging for Cigarettes

Canada has adopted new regulations for cigarette packaging in hopes of drastically reducing tobacco use by . The new dark brown packaging, which matches Australia’s plain packaging, has been described by market researchers as the “ugliest colour in the world.” packaging in Canada already carries graphic warnings about the dangers of smoking, and regulators hope these will be more visible with the packaging. The size and appearance of cigarettes has also been standardized in Canada. thirteen other countries have taken similar measures in an attempt to reduce tobacco use.

Comprehension Questions

  1. How will Canada make cigarette packaging “uglier”?
  2. What is the purpose of the new regulations?
  3. What feature of cigarette packaging in Canada already exists for the purpose of reducing tobacco use?

Discussion Question

Do you think ugly, plain packaging helps reduce tobacco use? Why or why not?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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