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In several states, legislation has been proposed that would make smoking cigarettes illegal. Critics of these proposed laws note that, in the United States, people should be able to engage in any activity as long as that activity does no harm to others. Based on this, the critics conclude that smoking cigarettes should remain legal.

Each of the following, if true, weakens the argument above, EXCEPT:

A. Exposure to smoke wafting from lit cigarettes or from the exhalation of a smoker otherwise known as second-hand smoke has been shown to increase the risk of lung cancer in non-smokers.

B. Smokers do not enjoy the same life expectancy as non-smokers, and therefore often leave dependants without a source of support when the smokers die prematurely.

C. Health insurance companies are forced to charge all customers more money to cover the costs of treating ailing smokers.

D. Some people who smoke cigarettes are known to also drive while under the influence of alcohol an activity known to be very dangerous to others.

E. Homeowner's insurance premiums for all customers are more expensive because some smoker's are known to light houses on fire by not fully extinguishing cigarettes.
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04 Feb 2013, 17:57
I think the question marks are a typo. please correct them.

The question is concened about the smoker that hurt other people, as the second statement says.

So C is the only option takes care only of smokers per se. So should be the answer

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04 Feb 2013, 21:09
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In several states, legislation has been proposed that would make smoking cigarettes illegal. Critics of these proposed laws note that, in the United States, people should be able to engage in any activity as long as that activity does no harm to others. Based on this, the critics conclude that smoking cigarettes should remain legal.

Each of the following, if true, weakens the argument above, EXCEPT:

A. Exposure to smoke wafting from lit cigarettes or from the exhalation of a smoker ? otherwise known as second-hand smoke ? has been shown to increase the risk of lung cancer in non-smokers.

B. Smokers do not enjoy the same life expectancy as non-smokers, and therefore often leave dependants without a source of support when the smokers die prematurely.

C. Health insurance companies are forced to charge all customers more money to cover the costs of treating ailing smokers.

D. Some people who smoke cigarettes are known to also drive while under the influence of alcohol ? an activity known to be very dangerous to others.

E. Homeowner's insurance premiums for all customers are more expensive because some smoker's are known to light houses on fire by not fully extinguishing cigarettes.

The answer should be D... DUI is not a result of smoking.. It is only given that some people who smoke also drive under influence....
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04 Feb 2013, 23:31
+1 for D

D says another activity, which is driving under influence, does harm to others
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05 Feb 2013, 06:02
I second Macfauz in this. Answer has to be D.
D states that smoking and drinking are parallel events and smoking causes rash driving. But no relation between smoking and rash driving has been given.
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I still do not understand why c is not the answer for the question above... can someone please explain?
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I still do not understand why c is not the answer for the question above... can someone please explain?

Even I chose C.But then realised D is the right choice.Here are my views--

A. Exposure to smoke wafting from lit cigarettes or from the exhalation of a smoker otherwise known as second-hand smoke has been shown to increase the risk of lung cancer in non-smokers.--This is causing harm to others. WRONG.

B. Smokers do not enjoy the same life expectancy as non-smokers, and therefore often leave dependants without a source of support when the smokers die prematurely.--dependants without source of support thus causing problem for others.WRONG

C. Health insurance companies are forced to charge all customers more money to cover the costs of treating ailing smokers.--To cover the cost of insurance to smokers companies are charging others more money.loss of others.WRONG.

D. Some people who smoke cigarettes are known to also drive while under the influence of alcohol an activity known to be very dangerous to others.--OK.No harm because of smoking here.Drinking is another issue.RIGHT

E. Homeowner's insurance premiums for all customers are more expensive because some smoker's are known to light houses on fire by not fully extinguishing cigarettes.--All are facing losses due to some smokers.WRONG.
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