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Many people argue that tobacco advertising plays a crucial role in causing teen-agers to start or continue smoking. In Norway, however, where there has been a ban on tobacco advertising since 1975, smoking is at least as prevalent among teen-agers as it is in countries that do not ban such advertising.

Which of the following statements draws the most reliable conclusion from the information above?

(A) Tobacco advertising cannot be the only factor that affects the prevalence of smoking among teenagers.

(B) Advertising does not play a role in causing teenagers to start or continue smoking.

(C) Banning tobacco advertising does not reduce the consumption of tobacco.

(D) More teen-agers smoke if they are not exposed to tobacco advertising than if they are.

(E) Most teen-agers who smoked in 1975 did not stop when the ban on tobacco advertising was implemented.

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This is a "must be true" question, so all we need for an answer to be wrong is to show the slightest doubt in that answer. In these cases, we usually (not always) want to pick the weakest, most moderate conclusion available to us. (A) is a much weaker option, and it can't be proven false.

(B) seems a little extreme. It is suggesting that ads do NOT play ANY role in causing teens to start smoking ANYWHERE; yet the only "evidence" for this conclusion is the example of one country (Norway).
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A for sure

If smoking is equally prevalent among Norway teenagers despite the ban since 1975, then A can surely be concluded, as there is some other factor which affects the smoking habits of teenagers.
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My answer is A.
(A) Tobacco advertising cannot be the only factor that affects the prevalence of smoking among teen-agers.
>>Yes this is a safe conclusion.
(B) Advertising does not play a role in causing teen-agers to start or continue smoking.
>> This can not be confirmed from the passage.
(C) Banning tobacco advertising does not reduce the consumption of tobacco.
>> The passage talks about teen-age smoking habits and not about the overall tobacco consumption.
(D) More teen-agers smoke if they are not exposed to tobacco advertising than if they are.
>> There is no evidence in the passage for this.
(E) Most teen-agers who smoked in 1975 did not stop when the ban on tobacco advertising was implemented.
>> There is no evidence in the passage for this.
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When you have understood the general idea what the author is trying to depict, definitely not what your generalization or translation of the passage is, there is a quick trick for these kind of questions.

The stronger an answer option appears, the more the chances that it'll be wrong. Only A is smooth, advertising is not the only reason why teenagers smoke. All other options are stronger in driving their respective ideas. Never settle for a definitive conclusion, conclusions preferably should give some space, especially for questions of this type - Main point, Inference, Implies, suggests etc.
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Many people argue that tobacco advertising plays a crucial role in causing teenagers to start or continue smoking. In Norway, however, where there has been a ban on tobacco advertising since 1975, smoking is at least as prevalent among teenagers as it is in countries that do not ban such advertising.
Which of the following statements draws the most reliable conclusion from the information above?

a) Tobacco advertising cannot be the only factor that affects the prevalence of smoking among teenagers.
b) Advertising does not play a role in causing teenagers to start or continue smoking
c) Banning tobacco advertising does not reduce the consumption of tobacco.
d) More teenagers smoke if they are not exposed to tobacco advertising than if they are.
e) Most teenagers who smoked in 1975 did not stop when the ban on tobacco advertising was implemented.

Nice question for practice. :wink:


A. true since if it is the only factor there wouldnt be as many teens smoking
B. too strong so no
C. irrelevant
D. not based out of passage
E. we dont know that

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AmritaSarkar89 wrote:
experts can I get a detailed explaination?


Do you have any specific query about any particular doubt?

In general:
The passage states that there has been no advertising of tobacco in Norway; yet there is prevalence of smoking among teenagers there. Therefore something else, not advertisements, caused this prevalence. Hence option A is correct.
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AmritaSarkar89 wrote:
experts can I get a detailed explaination?


Do you have any specific query about any particular doubt?

In general:
The passage states that there has been no advertising of tobacco in Norway; yet there is prevalence of smoking among teenagers there. Therefore something else, not advertisements, caused this prevalence. Hence option A is correct.



Hi sayantanc2k

Please help me in understanding why choice B is wrong here ?
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AmritaSarkar89 wrote:
experts can I get a detailed explaination?


Do you have any specific query about any particular doubt?

In general:
The passage states that there has been no advertising of tobacco in Norway; yet there is prevalence of smoking among teenagers there. Therefore something else, not advertisements, caused this prevalence. Hence option A is correct.



Hi sayantanc2k

Please help me in understanding why choice B is wrong here ?


One example is not enough to generalize a hypothesis. Hence B is wrong.
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(A) Tobacco advertising cannot be the only factor that affects the prevalence of smoking among teenagers.
this choice appropriatly address that ther may be another reason that influences the teenagers to takeup smoking since the banning of the commercial has not have significant effect .
(B) Advertising does not play a role in causing teenagers to start or continue smoking.
Its not true to say that the advertisement does not paly any role but actually it plays role to a certain anount which is not discussed but there has to be another factor.
(C) Banning tobacco advertising does not reduce the consumption of tobacco.
Not true the banning of tobacoo adbertisement may have reduced the consumption but not eradicate entirely.
(D) More teen-agers smoke if they are not exposed to tobacco advertising than if they are.
may not be true always
(E) Most teen-agers who smoked in 1975 did not stop when the ban on tobacco advertising was implemented.
this is a strengthening or weakening point but not a conclusion because strengtheners adn weakeners always have a conclusion in the argument.
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Many people argue that tobacco advertising plays a crucial role in causing teen-agers to start or continue smoking. In Norway, however, where there has been a ban on tobacco advertising since 1975, smoking is at least as prevalent among teen-agers as it is in countries that do not ban such advertising.

Which of the following statements draws the most reliable conclusion from the information above?

(A) Tobacco advertising cannot be the only factor that affects the prevalence of smoking among teenagers.
(B) Advertising does not play a role in causing teenagers to start or continue smoking.
(C) Banning tobacco advertising does not reduce the consumption of tobacco.
(D) More teen-agers smoke if they are not exposed to tobacco advertising than if they are.
(E) Most teen-agers who smoked in 1975 did not stop when the ban on tobacco advertising was implemented.
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Many people argue that tobacco advertising plays a crucial role in causing teen-agers to start or continue smoking. In Norway, however, where there has been a ban on tobacco advertising since 1975, smoking is at least as prevalent among teen-agers as it is in countries that do not ban such advertising.

Which of the following statements draws the most reliable conclusion from the information above?

(A) Tobacco advertising cannot be the only factor that affects the prevalence of smoking among teenagers.
(B) Advertising does not play a role in causing teenagers to start or continue smoking.\
(C) Banning tobacco advertising does not reduce the consumption of tobacco.
(D) More teen-agers smoke if they are not exposed to tobacco advertising than if they are.
(E) Most teen-agers who smoked in 1975 did not stop when the ban on tobacco advertising was implemented.


Premises:
Tobacco advertising plays a crucial role in causing teen-agers to start or continue smoking.
In Norway, tobacco adv is banned since 1975, but smoking is at least as prevalent among teen-agers as it is in countries that do not ban

Conclusion?

Note that the premises talk about smoking among teenagers.

(A) Tobacco advertising cannot be the only factor that affects the prevalence of smoking among teenagers.
In Norway, tobacco advertising was stopped decades ago but teenagers of today still smoke as much as they do in other countries. So other factors are responsible for start of smoking among teenagers today. Advertising cannot be the only factor.
This is the answer.

(B) Advertising does not play a role in causing teenagers to start or continue smoking.
This we cannot conclude. It is possible that advertising plays a role but other factors play a role too. Perhaps advertising ban did reduce smoking among teenagers but availability of cigarettes through vending machines is a factor and increased smoking among teenagers. There could be many reasons why teenager smoking is same in Norway as other countries despite the ban.

(C) Banning tobacco advertising does not reduce the consumption of tobacco.
This statement is just too wide to be relevant in our context. We are talking about smoking among teenagers. Banning advertising could have impact on adults even if it doesn't on teenagers.

(D) More teen-agers smoke if they are not exposed to tobacco advertising than if they are.
The argument does not imply this at all. We know that at least as many smoke. Do more smoke? We don't know.

(E) Most teen-agers who smoked in 1975 did not stop when the ban on tobacco advertising was implemented.
We are talking about the teenagers of today. Teenagers of 1975 would be adults now.

Answer (A)
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Please provide a detailed explanation I am not getting how the OA is A.As per the option A Tabacco cannot be the only factor, but stimulus says the tobacco is not the factor even.

Originally posted by saurabhbhargava on 24 May 2018, 22:14.
Last edited by saurabhbhargava on 25 May 2018, 04:41, edited 2 times in total.
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Please provide a detailed explanation I am not getting how the OA is A.As per the option A Tabacco cannot be the only factor, but stimulus says the tobacco is not the factor even.


Please check the discussion above. Detailed explanation is given in several posts.
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Please provide a detailed explanation I am not getting how the OA is A.As per the option A Tabacco cannot be the only factor, but stimulus says the tobacco is not the factor even.

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Many people argue that tobacco advertising plays a crucial role in causing teen-agers to start or continue smoking. In Norway, however, where there has been a ban on tobacco advertising since 1975, smoking is at least as prevalent among teen-agers as it is in countries that do not ban such advertising.

Which of the following statements draws the most reliable conclusion from the information above?

(A) Tobacco advertising cannot be the only factor that affects the prevalence of smoking among teenagers.

(B) Advertising does not play a role in causing teenagers to start or continue smoking.

(C) Banning tobacco advertising does not reduce the consumption of tobacco.

(D) More teen-agers smoke if they are not exposed to tobacco advertising than if they are.

(E) Most teen-agers who smoked in 1975 did not stop when the ban on tobacco advertising was implemented.

If tobacco advertising were the ONLY factor affecting the prevalence of smoking among teenagers, then we would expect smoking among teens to be LESS prevalent in countries that bad tobacco advertising (i.e. Norway).

Since this is NOT the case, we know that tobacco advertising CANNOT be the only factor.
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