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IELTS Reading - Passage 2

You should spend about 20 minutes on Questions 15-28, which are based on Reading Passage 2 on the following pages.

Questions 15-17

Choose the appropriate letters A-D and write them in boxes 15-17 on your answer sheet.

15 According to information in the text, leukaemia and pneumonia
A are responsible for 84,000 deaths each year.
B are strongly linked to cigarette smoking.
C are strongly linked to lung cancer.
  D result in 30 per cent of deaths per year.
   
16 According to information in the text, intake of carbon monoxide
A inhibits the flow of oxygen to the heart.
  B increases absorption of other smoke particles.
C inhibits red blood cell formation.
  D promotes nicotine absorption.
   
17 According to information in the text, intake of nicotine encourages
  A blood circulation through the body.
  B activity of other toxins in the blood.
C formation of blood clots.
  D an increase of platelets in the blood.
   

Questions 18-21

Do the following statements reflect the claims of the writer in Reading Passage 2.

In boxes 18-21 on your answer sheet, write

YES if the statement reflects the claims of the writer
  NOif the statement contradicts the claims of the writer
  NOT GIVEN if it is impossible to say what the writer thinks about this
18 Thirty per cent of deaths in the United States are caused by smoking-related diseases.  
19 If one partner in a marriage smokes, the other is likely to take up smoking.  
20 Teenagers whose parents smoke are at risk of getting lung cancer at some time during their lives.  
21 Opponents of smoking financed the UCSF study. 

Questions 22-24

Choose ONE phrase from the list of phrases A-J below to complete each of the following sentences (Questions 22-24).

Write the appropriate letters in boxes 22-24 on your answer sheet.

22 Passive smoking .................... .
23 Compared with a non-smoker, a smoker .................... .
24 The American Medical Association .................... .
A includes reviews of studies in its reports.
B argues for stronger action against smoking in public places.
C is one of the two most preventable causes of death.
D is more likely to be at risk from passive smoking diseases.
E is more harmful to non-smokers than to smokers.
F is less likely to be at risk of contracting lung cancer.
G is more likely to be at risk of contracting various cancers.
H opposes smoking and publishes research on the subject.
I is just as harmful to smokers as it is to non-smokers.
J reduces the quantity of blood flowing around the body.
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Questions 25-28

Classify the following statements as being

A a finding of the UCSF study
B an opinion of the UCSF study
C a finding of the EPA report
D an assumption of consultants to the tobacco industry

Write the appropriate letters A-D in boxes 25-28 on your answer sheet.

NB You may use any letter more than once.

25 Smokers’ cardiovascular systems adapt to the intake of environmental smoke.  
26 There is a philosophical question as to whether people should have to inhale others’ smoke.  
27 Smoke-free public places offer the best solution.  
28 The intake of side-stream smoke is more harmful than smoke exhaled by a smoker. 


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