The Reading / Listening - Level 5

A USA court has ordered the tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds to pay a woman $23.6 billion in damages. Cynthia Robinson filed her lawsuit in 2008 and fought the company for six years. Her husband Michael died of lung cancer in 1996. He started smoking when he was 13 and died two decades later. Mrs Robinson said the company was negligent in not telling her husband that nicotine is addictive and can lead to lung cancer. Tobacco companies knew in the 1950s that smoking could be lethal. Mrs Johnson's lawyer said of her husband: "He couldn't quit. He was smoking the day he died."



An R.J. Reynolds lawyer said the damages award was way too high, "grossly excessive" and legally "impermissible". He added: "This verdict goes far beyond the realm of reasonableness and fairness and is completely inconsistent with the evidence presented." Mrs Robinson's lawyer said jurors looked at R.J. Reynolds' aggressive marketing. It particularly looked at campaigns aimed at young people. He said: "[R.J. Reynolds] lied to Congress, they lied to the public, they lied to smokers and tried to blame the smoker." He added that the jury's decision was "courageous".

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    Level 4 or  Level 6

Sources
  • http://edition.cnn.com/2014/07/19/us/florida-tobacco-verdict/
  • http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/07/20/usa-tobacco-award-idINL2N0PV00D20140720
  • http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/fla-jury-slams-rj-reynolds-with-236b-in-damages/2014/07/19/c3b1d54e-0fa3-11e4-b0dd-edc009ac1f9d_story.html


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The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

pay a woman $23.6 billion

a.

addictive

2.

fought the company

b.

smoking could be lethal

3.

died two

c.

for six years

4.

nicotine is

d.

the day he died

5.

lead to lung

e.

in damages

6.

companies knew in the 1950s that

f.

quit

7.

He couldn't

g.

decades later

8.

He was smoking

h.

cancer



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

the damages award

a.

at young people

2.

grossly

b.

reasonableness

3.

beyond the realm of

c.

marketing

4.

completely inconsistent with

d.

the smoker

5.

aggressive

e.

the evidence presented

6.

campaigns aimed

f.

was way too high

7.

tried to blame

g.

"courageous"

8.

the jury's decision was

h.

excessive





LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

A USA (1) ___________________ the tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds to pay a woman $23.6 (2) ___________________. Cynthia Robinson filed her lawsuit in 2008 and fought the company for six years. Her husband Michael died of (3) ___________________. He started smoking when he was 13 and died two decades later. Mrs Robinson said the (4) ___________________ in not telling her husband that (5) ___________________ and can lead to lung cancer. Tobacco companies knew in the 1950s that smoking could be lethal. Mrs Johnson's lawyer said of her husband: "He couldn't quit. He was (6) ___________________."

An R.J. Reynolds lawyer said the damages (7) ___________________ high, "grossly excessive" and legally "impermissible". He added: "This verdict goes (8) ___________________ of reasonableness and fairness and is completely inconsistent with the (9) ___________________." Mrs Robinson's lawyer said jurors looked at R.J. Reynolds' (10) ___________________. It particularly looked at campaigns aimed at young people. He said: "[R.J. Reynolds] lied to Congress, they (11) ___________________, they lied to smokers and tried to blame the smoker." He added (12) ___________________ was "courageous".

SMOKING SURVEY

Write five GOOD questions about smoking in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

STUDENT 1

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STUDENT 2

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STUDENT 3

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WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

Student A: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

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b)

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d)

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e)

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f)

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Student B: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

a)

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b)

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c)

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d)

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e)

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f)

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g)

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h)

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FREE WRITING

Write about smoking for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner's paper.

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Answers

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