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    The topic is 'smoking should be banned' and i was wondering if anyone could give me any ideas on how to start the speech using interesting techniques like i need short snappy sentence/rhetorical questions and basically make use of literary devices. any tips in general would be helpful

    any help is appreciated. Thanks
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    I did the same topic speech a year ago, and I'm afraid I don't remember exactly what I said.

    However, you could perhaps use anecdotal evidence on smoking and elaborate on how it affected your life? For example, my father has always smoked. This has not only caused him to have lung problems, but caused unhappiness within my family. And through this, you can develop on the negative side of smoking.

    Another technique that I like to use a lot in persuasive writing (I used it in my GCSE English exam), is autoclesis. This is when you appear to agree on the opposite side, but then counter argue everything you just said. For example, you could talk about how smoking makes everyone look cool and grown up, then say something like 'What a load of nonsense', to show how invalid the opposing arguments are.

    As for why smoking must be banned, rather than controlled, is that the decision to smoke is ultimately selfish. It is hard to control the urge to smoke, and smoking in public places can harm others. Reducing cigarettes will not stop people from smoking, and therefore smoking should be banned.
 
 
 
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