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Re: CR-Cigarette smokers [#permalink] New post 24 Aug 2011, 07:16
nice question and good explanations. Even I was confused between C and E. +1 to you.
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Re: CR-Cigarette smokers [#permalink] New post 24 Aug 2011, 08:03
I am not able to fully understand the meaning of the question asked
"the best criticism of the conclusion that inducing cigarette smokers to switch brands did not pay is that the conclusion is based on"

Could some one please break it down for me?

Thanks in advance.
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Re: CR-Cigarette smokers [#permalink] New post 24 Aug 2011, 10:07
great explanation..i picked C..but after reading the discussions here, i will go with answer choice E
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Re: CR-Cigarette smokers [#permalink] New post 24 Aug 2011, 10:21
Has to be E as the others fail to break down the argument.
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Re: CR-Cigarette smokers [#permalink] New post 24 Aug 2011, 15:24
I got it down as E.
The survey talks about industry as a whole, but the action proposed (dropping advertising) is for the companies. Using a generalization for individual companies is a weakening statement.
But I was unable to eliminate C.

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Re: CR-Cigarette smokers [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2011, 09:51
very good question indeed , i too fell for C the first time but after reading the explanation seems clear to me now.
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Re: Surveys show that every year only 10 percent of cigarette [#permalink] New post 26 Dec 2011, 20:45
Another victim for the trap set by C. Very good question indeed. E should be the right answer. Thanks mymba99 for the wonderful explanations. +1
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Re: Surveys show that every year only 10 percent of cigarette [#permalink] New post 27 Dec 2011, 03:02
Chose C, but after seeing the explainations agree with choice E
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Re: Surveys show that every year only 10 percent of cigarette [#permalink] New post 27 Dec 2011, 18:31
I initially choose D
But now i realize that E is the right answer
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Re: Surveys show that every year only 10 percent of cigarette [#permalink] New post 24 Aug 2012, 07:14
This was a tricky one for me, especially because numbers always throw me off. At first, I thought it meant to say that manufaturers spent 10% of revenue on magazine promotions. But I knew that I didn't exactly know what it was saying.
What I DID know was that:
- this was a "find the flaw in reasoning" type of question.
- What the conclusion was.

And one flaw I saw was that the prompt was comparing MANUFATURERES with individual CIGARETTE COMPANIES. E best captured this gap.
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Re: Surveys show that every year only 10 percent of cigarette [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2012, 23:19
I too fell for C. But awesome explanation mymba99. Thanks

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Re: Surveys show that every year only 10 percent of cigarette [#permalink] New post 15 Apr 2013, 01:55
The answer should be E as the data that is given pertains to the cigarrette industry as a whole, whereas the conclusion specifies the gain achieved by individual companies. Making such company specific inference from a gross industry data cannot be considered plausible.
The Option C also looked enticing but the latter option was more appropriate
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