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The tobacco industry is still profitable and projections are that it will remain so. In the United States this year, the total amount of tobacco sold by tobacco-farmers has increased, even though the number of adults who smoke has decreased.

Each of the following, if true, could explain the simultaneous increase in tobacco sales and decrease in the number of adults who smoke EXCEPT:

A. During this year, the number of women who have begun to smoke is greater than the number of men who have quit smoking

B. The number of teen-age children who have begun to smoke this year is greater than the number of adults who have quit smoking during the same period

C. During this year, the number of nonsmokers who have begun to use chewing tobacco or snuff is greater than the number of people who have quit smoking

D. The people who have continued to smoke consume more tobacco per person than they did in the past

E. More of the cigarettes made in the United States this year were exported to other countries than was the case last year.

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A. More women than men smoking does not resolve the problem

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The tobacco industry is still profitable and projections are that it will remain so. In the United States this year, the total amount of tobacco sold by tobacco-farmers has increased, even though the number of adults who smoke has decreased.

Each of the following, if true, could explain the simultaneous increase in tobacco sales and decrease in the number of adults who smoke EXCEPT:

A. During this year, the number of women who have begun to smoke is greater than the number of men who have quit smoking

B. The number of teen-age children who have begun to smoke this year is greater than the number of adults who have quit smoking during the same period

C. During this year, the number of nonsmokers who have begun to use chewing tobacco or snuff is greater than the number of people who have quit smoking

D. The people who have continued to smoke consume more tobacco per person than they did in the past

E. More of the cigarettes made in the United States this year were exported to other countries than was the case last year.

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Option A does't account for a good reason for the increase in tobacco sales and for the corresponding decrease in tobacco consumption by ADULTS

Men or women is not an issue.

If both are adults, it means that smoking by adults has increased
if women are adults, it means the same as above
if men are adults, it means that more adults than non-adults have quit smoking

so, as can be seen, the results are not consistent, and of course do not allow for a conclusive answer as to why tobacco sales have increased, nonetheless, a decrease in tobacco consumption by ADULTS

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The tobacco industry is still profitable and projections are that it will remain so. In the United States this year, the total amount of tobacco sold by tobacco-farmers has increased, even though the number of adults who smoke has decreased.

Each of the following, if true, could explain the simultaneous increase in tobacco sales and decrease in the number of adults who smoke EXCEPT:

A. During this year, the number of women who have begun to smoke is greater than the number of men who have quit smoking -As per this option, number of adults has increased. Correct.

B. The number of teen-age children who have begun to smoke this year is greater than the number of adults who have quit smoking during the same period -This explains the paradox because if the # of adults has decreased then at the same time # of children consuming tobacco has increased

C. During this year, the number of nonsmokers who have begun to use chewing tobacco or snuff is greater than the number of people who have quit smoking -This explains the paradox as it states that the non smokers who have started using tobacco have outnumbered the adults who have stopped using tobacco

D. The people who have continued to smoke consume more tobacco per person than they did in the past -This explains the paradox for obvious reasons

E. More of the cigarettes made in the United States this year were exported to other countries than was the case last year. -This explains the paradox as even when the # of adults has decreased the sales have not been impacted
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a good question, "the number of adults who smoke has decreased." is the key word. => question stem and other details are just distractors.
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Good question. Be very specific on the wording here especially "tobacco" and "adults"

The tobacco industry is still profitable and projections are that it will remain so. In the United States this year, the total amount of tobacco sold by tobacco-farmers has increased, even though the number of adults who smoke has decreased.

Each of the following, if true, could explain the simultaneous increase in tobacco sales and decrease in the number of adults who smoke EXCEPT:
So what doesnt explain increase in tobacco sales and decrease in number of adults who smoke?

A. During this year, the number of women who have begun to smoke is greater than the number of men who have quit smoking
Doesnt help explain decrease in # of adults because we dont know the number of females vs. males. Similarly using the same logic, doesnt help explain increase in tobacco sales


B. The number of teen-age children who have begun to smoke this year is greater than the number of adults who have quit smoking during the same period
Helps explain the decrease in number of adults and helps explain increase in tobacco sales too

C. During this year, the number of nonsmokers who have begun to use chewing tobacco or snuff is greater than the number of people who have quit smoking
Trick Q, pay attention to chewing tobacco and snuff, these are tobacco products.
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