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New Zealand prisoners given carrots to quit smoking
紐西蘭監獄禁菸在即 獄方給囚犯紅蘿蔔戒菸

A participant wears a mask at a rally on World No Tobacco Day in Bhopal, India on May 31.
一位穿戴面具人士參加五月三十一日於印度博帕爾舉行的世界無菸日集會。

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照片:歐新社

New Zealand prisoners are reportedly being offered carrot sticks to help them overcome nicotine cravings as jails prepare to go smoke-free next month.

A leaked internal memo from Invercargill Prison said prisoners were being supplied with two carrot sticks a day in an effort to make them quit smoking before the total ban comes into force on July 1, the Southland Times reported.

The memo said one jumbo-sized carrot could yield 16 carrot sticks if cut into uniform size “to the best of our ability,” the newspaper reported on May 31.

Corrections Association of New Zealand president Beven Hanlon said when he first heard about the scheme he thought it was a joke.

“I don’t think it is one of the best ideas but it is worth a try,” he told the newspaper.

Hanlon said the carrot sticks were intended to take prisoners’ minds off smoking and they were a healthier alternative to other options.

“It’s the whole oral thing ... if they have got something in their mouth, they won’t be looking for a cigarette to put in it,” he said.

(AFP)

紐西蘭監獄的無菸政策將於下個月實施,為了幫助囚犯克服對尼古丁的渴望,獄方據報導,提供重菸癮囚犯紅蘿蔔條代替香菸。

紐西蘭《南島時報》報導,因弗卡吉爾監獄外流的內部備忘錄指出,獄方正提供囚犯一天兩根紅蘿蔔條,努力讓他們在七月一日禁菸生效前戒菸。

報紙五月三十一日報導,此備忘錄寫道,盡可能地將一個粗大的紅蘿蔔切成十六根大小雷同的紅蘿蔔條。

紐西蘭懲教協會主席貝文‧漢龍說,當他首度聽聞此方案時,他以為這是個玩笑。

他告訴報紙說,「我不認為這是個好主意,但還是值得一試。」

漢龍說使用紅蘿蔔條的目的是要轉移囚犯對吸菸的慾望,而用紅蘿蔔是比其他戒菸選擇中,較為健康的替代品。

他說,「這全是攸關口腔的事…若他們嘴裡有東西,就不會想找菸放入嘴裡。」

(法新社/翻譯:林亞蒂)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. craving n.

渴望 (ke3 wang4)

例: Most people get cravings for food from their homeland whenever they travel abroad for an extended period.

(多數人只要出國一段時間,就會有對家鄉食物的渴望。)

2. uniform adj.

雷同的 (lei2 tong2 de5)

例: Sometimes housing developments in the suburbs look so uniform.

(有時郊區住宅區的開發看起來是那麼的雷同。)

3. scheme n.

方案 (fang1 an4)

例: Corporations are constantly coming up with new schemes to convince people to buy their products.

(公司不斷地提出新的方案來說服人們購買他們的產品。)


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