As I left my office at the National Cancer Institute, I passed one of our researchers by the front door puffing away on a cigarette.

“How can you smoke when you, of all people, know the harm caused by cigarettes?” I asked.

He took another draw, exhaled, and replied through the smoke, “Because it gives me more motivation to find a cure.”

Vocabulary Help

  • another draw – outra tragada
  • Because it gives me more motivation to find a cure. – Porque me dá mais motivação para encontrar uma cura
  • harm – dano, prejuízo
  • leave (leave, left, left) – sair, partir
  • puffing away on a cigarette – fumando um cigarro
  • reply – responder
  • researcher – pesquisador
  • smoke – fumar