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# Smoking in bed has long been the main cause of home fires.

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Smoking in bed has long been the main cause of home fires. Despite a significant decline in cigarette smoking in the last two decades, there has been no comparable decline in the number of people killed in home fires. Each one of the following statements, if true over the last two decades, helps to resolve the apparent discrepancy above EXCEPT:

A.Compared to other types of home fires, home fires caused by smoking in bed usually cause relatively little damage before they are extinguished.

B.Home fires caused by smoking in bed often break out after the home's occupants have fallen asleep.

C. Smokers who smoke in bed tend to be heavy smokers who are less likely to quit smoking than are smokers who do not smoke in bed.

D.An increasing number of people have been killed in home fires that started in the kitchen.

E. Population densities have increased, with the result that one home fire can cause more deaths than in previous decades.

[Reveal] Spoiler:
B
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24 Apr 2010, 12:45
Smoking in bed has long been the main cause of home fires. Despite a significant decline in cigarette smoking in the last two decades, there has been no comparable decline in the number of people killed in home fires. Each one of the following statements, if true over the last two decades, helps to resolve the apparent discrepancy above EXCEPT:
A.Compared to other types of home fires, home fires caused by smoking in bed usually cause relatively little damage before they are extinguished.

B.Home fires caused by smoking in bed often break out after the home's occupants have fallen asleep.

C. Smokers who smoke in bed tend to be heavy smokers who are less likely to quit smoking than are smokers who do not smoke in bed.

D.An increasing number of people have been killed in home fires that started in the kitchen.

E. Population densities have increased, with the result that one home fire can cause more deaths than in previous decades.

In the above:
Conclusion: no decline in the number of people killed in home fires
Premises : decline in cigarette smoking ( reason for the conclusion )

need to negate the conclusion ( Conclusion is wrong )
Conclusion should be: 1. There is decline in number of people killed (or) Cigrett smoking is not only cause for home fires.

A)It specifies smoking in the bed, smoking may happend in Kitchen or in any other place.

B) Supports the passage

c) No need of heavy smokers and light smokers

d) Holds good.

E) No need of population density

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24 Apr 2010, 17:37
[Reveal] Spoiler:
B

(B) What does NOT resolve the apparent paradox? The paradox is that smoking has declined, yet fatalities from home fires have increased.
Therefore, we are looking for an alternative cause of fires or that smoking is not related to home fires.
(B) does not resolve the paradox; it simply reinforces the fatality of smoking.
(A) would explain the paradox because it shows that the fires are rarely fatal.
(C) resolves the paradox because it suggests that the reduction in smoking rates haven't reduced the fatality rates.
(D) resolves the paradox because it finds alternative causes for the fires.
(E) explains the paradox by suggesting fires have become more fatal, despite declining smoking rates.

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30 Jul 2011, 06:54
Hi All,

Can somebody pls help. I know this question has been discussed like a zillion times now, but im not entirely satisfied with how B does not resolve the paradox. and although it is i believe the right answer, im having difficulty coming to terms with the explanation provided.

Q1: does the CR passage talk about general smoking (when it says smoking declined in the last 2 decades) or is it explicitly talking about bed smoking declining in the last 2 decades

Also when i first read this CR, i struck B out on the pretext that

--> if the fire breaks out after everybody (home's occupants) falls asleep, the likelihood of more ppl getting injured is high.. so that should to a good extent explain the paradox.
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29 Oct 2011, 01:59
Hi ..
1. smoking at bed has been a mian cause of home fires.
2. smoking decreased but the no of people being killed in home fires is not.

so less smoking is now compensating the previous "no of people killed in home fire" figure.how?
option E i.e E. Population densities have increased, with the result that one home fire can cause more deaths than in previous decade.
KITCHEN fires should not be included here.
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29 Oct 2011, 04:59
My answer is A because it is out of scope to speak on other types of home fires
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31 Oct 2011, 09:52
zz0vlb wrote:
Smoking in bed has long been the main cause of home fires. Despite a significant decline in cigarette smoking in the last two decades, there has been no comparable decline in the number of people killed in home fires. Each one of the following statements, if true over the last two decades, helps to resolve the apparent discrepancy above EXCEPT:

A.Compared to other types of home fires, home fires caused by smoking in bed usually cause relatively little damage before they are extinguished.

B.Home fires caused by smoking in bed often break out after the home's occupants have fallen asleep.

C. Smokers who smoke in bed tend to be heavy smokers who are less likely to quit smoking than are smokers who do not smoke in bed.

D.An increasing number of people have been killed in home fires that started in the kitchen.

E. Population densities have increased, with the result that one home fire can cause more deaths than in previous decades.

[Reveal] Spoiler:
B

Smoking in bed has long been the main cause of home fires.

Despite a significant decline in cigarette smoking in the last two decades -- Does not have to be that bed smokers declined. Non bed-smokers declined while bed smokers remained the same or increased

So if there is no decline in bed-smokers then "B" resolves the paradox.
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31 Oct 2011, 13:47
IMO B,

A.Compared to other types of home fires, home fires caused by smoking in bed usually cause relatively little damage before they are extinguished.
Paradox resolved. The reason for fire could be kitchen fires etc and not due to smoking in bed.

B.Home fires caused by smoking in bed often break out after the home's occupants have fallen asleep.
Tells nothing about the home fires or decline in smoking.

C. Smokers who smoke in bed tend to be heavy smokers who are less likely to quit smoking than are smokers who do not smoke in bed.
Paradox resolved. Heavy smokers would not quit smoking in bed and that could be the reason for no change in home fires.

D.An increasing number of people have been killed in home fires that started in the kitchen- Paradox resolved that the home fires could be due to kitchen fires.

E. Population densities have increased, with the result that one home fire can cause more deaths than in previous decades.- Paradox resolved. Home fires cause damage due to population densities.
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22 Aug 2012, 10:06
experts should give reply for this question

no one has come with similar reasoning on this one..
i went with d
because thouh the smokers numbers did not change the accidents were high...
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