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# Antismoking lobbyists have tried to label smoking as a societal concer

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26 Jan 2019, 04:00
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Antismoking lobbyists have tried to label smoking as a societal concern that must be curbed by government legislation. A problem can’t be labeled a social problem, however, unless it harms others without their consent. Governments are powerless to regulate a harmful activity if those who do not indulge in that activity are not at risk.

Which of the following strategies would most likely achieve the lobbyists’ goal?

A. Quoting legislation that has been drafted to punish drunk drivers
B. Calling for higher “luxury taxes” on tobacco products
C. Citing the number of cancer-related deaths in the past ten years
D. Compiling statistics about the health hazard of secondhand smoke to non-smokers
E. Boycotting all items produced by tobacco companies and their wholly owned subsidiaries

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26 Jan 2019, 05:24
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Antismoking lobbyists have tried to label smoking as a societal concern that must be curbed by government legislation. A problem can’t be labeled a social problem, however, unless it harms others without their consent. Governments are powerless to regulate a harmful activity if those who do not indulge in that activity are not at risk.

Which of the following strategies would most likely achieve the lobbyists’ goal?

A. Quoting legislation that has been drafted to punish drunk drivers
B. Calling for higher “luxury taxes” on tobacco products
C. Citing the number of cancer-related deaths in the past ten years
D. Compiling statistics about the health hazard of secondhand smoke to non-smokers
E. Boycotting all items produced by tobacco companies and their wholly owned subsidiaries

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IMO D

Lobbyists are trying to label smoking as a societal concern that must be curbed by government legislation, A problem can’t be labeled a social problem, however,unless it harms others without their consent.

So if i can give an example which does this, we should be good.

A. Quoting legislation that has been drafted to punish drunk drivers
But how do they effect others ??

B. Calling for higher “luxury taxes” on tobacco products
This will create a problem for people who buy, this wont curb it.

C. Citing the number of cancer-related deaths in the past ten years
Cancer,i believe will be again affecting the smokers.

D. Compiling statistics about the health hazard of secondhand smoke to non-smokers

E. Boycotting all items produced by tobacco companies and their wholly owned subsidiaries
This will again effect the smokers.
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27 Jan 2019, 02:44
IMO D
Premise given :A problem can’t be labeled a social problem, however, unless it harms others without their consent

so option D;Compiling statistics about the health hazard of secondhand smoke to non-smokers
would help the antismoking lobbyists and government to label smoking as a societal concern.

Antismoking lobbyists have tried to label smoking as a societal concern that must be curbed by government legislation. A problem can’t be labeled a social problem, however, unless it harms others without their consent. Governments are powerless to regulate a harmful activity if those who do not indulge in that activity are not at risk.

Which of the following strategies would most likely achieve the lobbyists’ goal?

A. Quoting legislation that has been drafted to punish drunk drivers
B. Calling for higher “luxury taxes” on tobacco products
C. Citing the number of cancer-related deaths in the past ten years
D. Compiling statistics about the health hazard of secondhand smoke to non-smokers
E. Boycotting all items produced by tobacco companies and their wholly owned subsidiaries

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27 Jan 2019, 04:08
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The passage states that anti-smoking lobbyists would like the government to enforce regulations to curb smoking. However, the government can not intervene or draft such regulations if there is no direct harm caused to the non-smokers.

So we need something that would convince the government that there is actual serious harm to non-smokers, from smokers.

A. Comparing smoking to drunk-driving is out of place. On the one hand, drunk-driving has led to fatalities of many non-drinking drivers. Similar evidence is needed from smokers on non-smokers, to make this comparable.

B. "Luxury Taxes" might increase the price of the cigarette, but not necessarily deter smokers from smoking.

C. Cancer can be caused by a multitude of factors, smoking being just one of them.

D. By collecting evidence/statistics of how smokers have an impact on non-smokers, we are strengthening the case for the government to draft regulations to curb smoking. This is the best option.

E. The antismoking lobbyists boycotting the tobacco companies will produce little effect, since the customer base of these companies and their subsidiaries are smokers.
Re: Antismoking lobbyists have tried to label smoking as a societal concer   [#permalink] 27 Jan 2019, 04:08
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