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The anti-smoking debate is one surrounded by much controversy and coverage but with slightly lacking in relevant documentation Although there are many smokers out there who feel that their rights are being ignored they will not speak out due to the public outrage against Pig-headed Smokers and the like This has meant that I have had some difficulty in finding articles that are pro-smoking The first article that I am analyzing is Tobacco attack smokescreen for vested interests first published in The Times of London but reprinted in The Australian on the eighth of March this year This article is both anti-smoking and anti-drinking and it uses the smoking debate to make a lengthy introduction to the second contention The article begins by talking about the sponsorship of Formula One racing by tobacco companies At the start of the article the author Simon Barnes is discussing the launch of a new tobacco sponsored motoring team British American Tobacco He describes the debate with the members coughing and spluttering on their own self-righteousness a parody on the common view of smokers as sick and choking individuals This sheds a light of comedy on the issue and allows people from both sides to relax into the article The next paragraph brings the main contention of the first half of the article into the light The most evil thing on earth is tobacco sponsorship in sport This is a theme that has been very popular over the past few months and it is no surprise to find it here This sentence brings us to believe that the author is anti-smoking but this belief is then dashed by So I have read anyway This sentence supports the previous sentence by telling us that it is written but makes the point that he does not believe it Also by avoiding a firm statement it keeps the article light-hearted It is difficult to respond negatively to that statement from either view
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