First Certificate – An essay


You have listened to a radio programme about the impact of smoking on people’s health. Now, your English teacher has asked you to write an essay. Write an essay using all the notes and give reasons for your point of view.

Smoking is responsible for many health problems throughout the world. Do you think it should be made illegal?


Write about:

  1. lung cancer
  2. passive smoking
  3. your own idea

Write your answer in 140-190 words in an appropriate style

It is often argued that smoking is the leading preventable cause of death worldwide and a major risk for a number of health problems but should it be illegalised?

There is no denying that smoking causes lung cancer. Moreover, the chemicals in a cigarette can also attack other organs such as the oesophagus or the larynx when they enter our blood stream. However, many smokers who are aware of this fact do not give up smoking.

It could be argued that, while smokers may be free to harm their own health, there is no justification for their actions if these affect others. Such is the case of passive smoking and, on these grounds, smoking should be forbidden.

Though it is reasonable to ban smoking from public spaces like restaurants, it is not equally reasonable to completely illegalise it. Educating people about the risks that smoking entails is a better way of addressing the issue.

To conclude, I would say that paternalist solutions such as making smoking illegal are hardly the best approach. Educating people in healthy habits is a wiser measure as far as I am concerned.

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TASK. Your English teacher has asked you to write a story. Your story must have the following title: A terrible holiday. Write about 100 words.

A terrible holiday

Last summer I went on a trip to the beach with a few friends. We decided to go by coach because it was cheaper than going by car but, as soon as we got to the station, I realised that I had forgotten my swimsuit.

From then on, things only went from bad to worse. Our bus was delayed due to heavy traffic and we had to wait for almost two hours before finally setting off.

Eventually, we managed to get to our destination. We left our stuff at the hotel and went to the beach but, no sooner had we set foot on it than it started raining. I couldn’t believe our bad luck! In the end, we had to spend the rest of our holidays inside the hotel.

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