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15. Smokers of pipes or cigars run a distinctly lower risk to their health than do cigarette smokers. However, whereas cigarette smokers who quit smoking altogether sharply reduce their risk of smoking-related health problems, those who give up cigarettes and take up pipes or cigars remain in as much danger as before.

Which one of the following, if true, offers the best prospects for an explanation of why the two changes in smoking habits do not both result in reduced health risks?

(A) Smokers of pipes or cigars who quit smoking thereby reduce their risk of smoking-related health problems.

(B) Cigarette smokers who quit smoking for a time and who then resume cigarette smoking do not necessarily reduce their risk of smoking-related health problems

(C) The kinds of illnesses that smokers run an increased risk of contracting develop no earlier in cigarette smokers than they do in smokers of pipes or cigar

(D) At any given period in their lives, virtually all smokers smoke either cigarettes exclusively or cigars exclusively or pipes exclusively, rather than alternating freely among various ways of smoking

(E) People who switch from cigarette smoking to smoking pipes or cigars inhale smoke in a way that those who have never smoked cigarettes do not
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07 Jan 2004, 09:20
I think C

E does not directly attack the core of the argument.
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07 Jan 2004, 09:23
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15. Smokers of pipes or cigars run a distinctly lower risk to their health than do cigarette smokers. However, whereas cigarette smokers who quit smoking altogether sharply reduce their risk of smoking-related health problems, those who give up cigarettes and take up pipes or cigars remain in as much danger as before.

Which one of the following, if true, offers the best prospects for an explanation of why the two changes in smoking habits do not both result in reduced health risks?

(A) Smokers of pipes or cigars who quit smoking thereby reduce their risk of smoking-related health problems.

(B) Cigarette smokers who quit smoking for a time and who then resume cigarette smoking do not necessarily reduce their risk of smoking-related health problems

(C) The kinds of illnesses that smokers run an increased risk of contracting develop no earlier in cigarette smokers than they do in smokers of pipes or cigar

(D) At any given period in their lives, virtually all smokers smoke either cigarettes exclusively or cigars exclusively or pipes exclusively, rather than alternating freely among various ways of smoking

(E) People who switch from cigarette smoking to smoking pipes or cigars inhale smoke in a way that those who have never smoked cigarettes do not

E seems most reasonable to me in explaining why the risk of illnesses do not decline when cigarette smokers switch to pipes or cigars. It's an explanation of a behavior that is endemic among cigarette smokers that keep them in the same risk level when switching to other tobacco products.
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07 Jan 2004, 09:24
yes i agree C does attack the argument more directly than e.
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07 Jan 2004, 09:54
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07 Jan 2004, 12:39
E ic correct.
I chose C.
Titliest, asandeep and Gethu will provide justification.

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07 Jan 2004, 12:44
anandnk wrote:
E ic correct.
Titliest, asandeep and Gethu will provide justification.

I choose C

Geethu, pls. explain why C is wrong ?
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07 Jan 2004, 12:45
anandnk wrote:
E ic correct.
Titliest, asandeep and Gethu will provide justification.

check my first explanation. i should have stuck to my guns.
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07 Jan 2004, 12:48
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anandnk wrote:
E ic correct.
Titliest, asandeep and Gethu will provide justification.

check my first explanation. i should have stuck to my guns.

I am more interested to know why is C wrong ?
Doesn't it provide evidence why the risk is not reduced ?
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07 Jan 2004, 12:53
I think C just tells us that people who smoke cigarettes and pipes essentially run the same rink. The arguments lets us compare who quit smoking vs who quit smoking and later started using pipes. C is really a trap.
E is justified because if people who smoke pipes run lower risk than people who smoke pipes. Then the reason must lie in how much they smoke, or how they smoke. E correctly says that the smoking habits and style remain the same when people who takeup pipes after givingup on cigarettes.
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07 Jan 2004, 13:54
The kinds of illnesses that smokers run an increased risk of contracting develop no earlier in cigarette smokers than they do in smokers of pipes or cigar.

First line says pipe smokers have less risk than cigarette smokers. Later it says quitting smoking reduces the health risks. But when the cigarette smoker changes to pipe smoking there is no difference in health problems. why ??
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07 Jan 2004, 14:07
umm...I see now...
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15 Aug 2016, 22:24
(C) The kinds of illnesses that smokers run an increased risk of contracting develop no earlier in cigarette smokers than they do in smokers of pipes or cigar

So they are talking about illness that are contagious, developed in similar time frame such as after 10 years of smoking cigeratte or pipe.

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