Check GMAT Club Decision Tracker for the Latest School Decision Releases https://gmatclub.com/AppTrack

It is currently 24 May 2017, 23:28

Close

GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Close

Request Expert Reply

Confirm Cancel

Events & Promotions

Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

in Gandania, where the government has a monopoly on tobacco

  new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
TAGS:

Hide Tags

Manager
Manager
avatar
Joined: 21 Sep 2012
Posts: 237
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 359 [0], given: 63

in Gandania, where the government has a monopoly on tobacco [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 27 Jan 2013, 20:43
00:00
A
B
C
D
E

Difficulty:

  55% (hard)

Question Stats:

66% (02:05) correct 34% (01:45) wrong based on 112 sessions

HideShow timer Statistics

in Gandania, where the government has a monopoly on tobacco sales, the incidence of smoking-related health problems has risen steadily for the last twenty years. The health secretary recently proposed a series of laws and aimed at curtailing tobacco use in Gandania. Profits from tobacco sales, however, account for ten percent of Gandania's annual revenues. Therefore, Gandania cannot afford to institute the proposed laws.

Which of the following,if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

A) All health care in gandania is government-funded.
B) Implementing the proposed laws is not likely to cause significant increase in the amount of tobacco gandania exports.
C) The percentage of revenue gandania recieves from tobaco sales has remained steady in recent years.
D) profits from tobaco sales far surpass any other single source of revenue for the gandandian government.
E) No government official in gandania has ever previously proposed laws aimed at curtailing tobacco use.

Could someone please explain the various answer choices. Thanks!
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
Request Expert Reply
If you have any questions
you can ask an expert
New!
Expert Post
2 KUDOS received
Veritas Prep GMAT Instructor
User avatar
S
Joined: 16 Oct 2010
Posts: 7373
Location: Pune, India
Followers: 2287

Kudos [?]: 15103 [2] , given: 224

Re: in gandania, where the government has a monoply on tobacco s [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 27 Jan 2013, 21:02
2
This post received
KUDOS
Expert's post
nelz007 wrote:
in Gandania, where the government has a monopoly on tobacco sales, the incidence of smoking-related health problems has risen steadily for the last twenty years. The health secretary recently proposed a series of laws and aimed at curtailing tobacco use in Gandania. Profits from tobacco sales, however, account for ten percent of Gandania's annual revenues. Therefore, Gandania cannot afford to institute the proposed laws.

Which of the following,if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

A) All health care in gandania is government-funded.
B) Implementing the proposed laws is not likely to cause significant increase in the amount of tobacco gandania exports.
C) The percentage of revenue gandania recieves from tobaco sales has remained steady in recent years.
D) profits from tobaco sales far surpass any other single source of revenue for the gandandian government.
E) No government official in gandania has ever previously proposed laws aimed at curtailing tobacco use.

Could someone please explain the various answer choices. Thanks!


Responding to a pm:

Question Type: Weaken

We should try to weaken the conclusion.

Conclusion: Gandania cannot afford to institute the proposed laws.
Notice the author believes that Gandania cannot AFFORD to institute these laws i.e. the country will suffer financially if these laws are brought in (since tobacco accounts for 10% of the revenue). To weaken the conclusion, we need to bring in some reason because of which the country may not suffer financially even if these laws are brought into effect.
Also notice that the laws aimed at curtailing tobacco use IN Gandania, not in other countries. In the prethinking phase, all I could think of was perhaps the laws encourage export or something - very unethical but we don't need to comment on morals, just the financial aspect (anyway, it wasn't there in the options so no dilemma)

A) All health care in gandania is government-funded.
This option weakens our conclusion. If all health care in govt funded, the cost of health care would be increasing for the govt with tobacco use. If this law is brought into effect, the decrease in smoking could reduce the money spent in health care and hence the govt's finances could essentially stay the same even after the law is brought into effect. Hence, this weakens our conclusion that the govt cannot afford to institute the law. Answer (A)

B) Implementing the proposed laws is not likely to cause significant increase in the amount of tobacco gandania exports.
This option tells us that exports will not increase hence the govt will suffer financially. It strengthens the given conclusion instead of weakening it.

C) The percentage of revenue gandania recieves from tobaco sales has remained steady in recent years.
Out of scope

D) profits from tobaco sales far surpass any other single source of revenue for the gandandian government.
Strengthens the conclusion instead of weakening it.

E) No government official in gandania has ever previously proposed laws aimed at curtailing tobacco use.
Out of scope
_________________

Karishma
Veritas Prep | GMAT Instructor
My Blog

Get started with Veritas Prep GMAT On Demand for $199

Veritas Prep Reviews

Senior Manager
Senior Manager
User avatar
Status: Final Lap
Joined: 25 Oct 2012
Posts: 287
Concentration: General Management, Entrepreneurship
GPA: 3.54
WE: Project Management (Retail Banking)
Followers: 3

Kudos [?]: 332 [0], given: 85

Re: in gandania, where the government has a monoply on tobacco s [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 28 Jan 2013, 02:52
nelz007 wrote:
in Gandania, where the government has a monopoly on tobacco sales, the incidence of smoking-related health problems has risen steadily for the last twenty years. The health secretary recently proposed a series of laws and aimed at curtailing tobacco use in Gandania. Profits from tobacco sales, however, account for ten percent of Gandania's annual revenues. Therefore, Gandania cannot afford to institute the proposed laws.

Which of the following,if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

A) All health care in gandania is government-funded. CORRECT because if u look more closely to this option, you can deducte from it that if the proposed laws were to be instituted, it will reduce smoking ---> health care GOOD ----> the goverment will compensate the profits from tobacco sales by the economy released through health care
B) Implementing the proposed laws is not likely to cause significant increase in the amount of tobacco gandania exports. Incorrect, we are not concerned with gandania exports
C) The percentage of revenue gandania recieves from tobaco sales has remained steady in recent years. Incorrect, no value added about whether gandania can or can not afford to institute the proposed laws
D) profits from tobaco sales far surpass any other single source of revenue for the gandandian government. Incorrect because if this is true, Gandania for sure, cannot afford to institute the proposed laws, hence this option strenghtens the conclusion
E) No government official in gandania has ever previously proposed laws aimed at curtailing tobacco use. Incorrect, so if this is true, how do we can figure out whether the proposed laws gonna work or not .

Could someone please explain the various answer choices. Thanks!


Hence, only A weakens properly the argument
_________________

KUDOS is the good manner to help the entire community.

"If you don't change your life, your life will change you"

GMAT Club Legend
GMAT Club Legend
User avatar
Joined: 01 Oct 2013
Posts: 10368
Followers: 997

Kudos [?]: 225 [0], given: 0

Premium Member
Re: in Gandania, where the government has a monopoly on tobacco [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 02 Aug 2014, 03:03
Hello from the GMAT Club VerbalBot!

Thanks to another GMAT Club member, I have just discovered this valuable topic, yet it had no discussion for over a year. I am now bumping it up - doing my job. I think you may find it valuable (esp those replies with Kudos).

Want to see all other topics I dig out? Follow me (click follow button on profile). You will receive a summary of all topics I bump in your profile area as well as via email.
GMAT Club Legend
GMAT Club Legend
User avatar
Joined: 01 Oct 2013
Posts: 10368
Followers: 997

Kudos [?]: 225 [0], given: 0

Premium Member
Re: in Gandania, where the government has a monopoly on tobacco [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 20 Feb 2016, 14:47
Hello from the GMAT Club VerbalBot!

Thanks to another GMAT Club member, I have just discovered this valuable topic, yet it had no discussion for over a year. I am now bumping it up - doing my job. I think you may find it valuable (esp those replies with Kudos).

Want to see all other topics I dig out? Follow me (click follow button on profile). You will receive a summary of all topics I bump in your profile area as well as via email.
Re: in Gandania, where the government has a monopoly on tobacco   [#permalink] 20 Feb 2016, 14:47
    Similar topics Author Replies Last post
Similar
Topics:
9 Experts publish their posts in the topic The opposition has strongly criticized the government AVINASH77 12 24 Apr 2017, 02:31
1 Some governments have tried to make alcohol and tobacco less PUNEETSCHDV 2 22 Sep 2012, 02:24
5 The government should stop permitting tobacco companies to shikhar 10 03 Dec 2016, 18:00
4 In the United States, the Postal Service has a monopoly on sher676 11 19 Jul 2016, 12:56
The government should stop permitting tobacco companies to ritula 15 05 Jan 2012, 01:12
Display posts from previous: Sort by

in Gandania, where the government has a monopoly on tobacco

  new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  


cron

GMAT Club MBA Forum Home| About| Terms and Conditions| GMAT Club Rules| Contact| Sitemap

Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group and phpBB SEO

Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.