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# A system-wide county school anti-smoking education program

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A system-wide county school anti-smoking education program [#permalink]  22 Dec 2003, 13:58
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A system-wide county school anti-smoking education program was instituted last year. The program was clearly a success. Last year,the incidence of students smoking on school premises decreased by over 70%.

Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the argument above?

A) The author of the statement is a school system official hoping to generate good publicity about the program.

B) Most students who smoke stopped smoking on school premises last year but continued to smoke when away from school.

C) Last year, another policy change made it much easier for students to leave and return to school grounds during the school day.

D) The school system spent more on anti-smoking education programs last year than it did in all previous years.

E) The amount of time students spent in anti-smoking education programs last year resulted in a reduction of time available for sports.
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B.

Because this weakens the assumption that anti-smoking education was the cause for this reduction.
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B.

anti-smoking prgm may led to a decrease in number of students smoking in the school, but they continued to smoke when away. Thus, the program can't be called a success.
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I also said B.

However, the official answer is C. I don't see how this could be the case...B looks much more valid.
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Tony_Touch wrote:
I also said B.

However, the official answer is C. I don't see how this could be the case...B looks much more valid.

C, actually, is right. This one took me upside down.

the premise says "..the incidence of students smoking on school premises decreased ", it never said that students quit smoking, it is only the number of students who smoke inside the premises decreased.

C is valid and correct. Now, I see how do we get the questions wrong on the real exam.
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oh my god. r u serious man,
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