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The lobbyists argued that because there is no statistical evidence that breathing other people’s tobacco smoke increases the incidence of heart disease or lung cancer in healthy nonsmokers, legislation banning smoking in workplaces cannot be justified on health grounds.

The argument reported above would be most seriously weakened if it were true that


(A) Breathing smoke-filled air increase the incidence of headaches and coughs in healthy nonsmokers.

(B) Most nonsmokers dislike the odor of smoke-filled air.

(C) Smoke-filled air is a major source of the dirt that damages computers and other sensitive equipment.

(D) Most workers would prefer to have smoking banned in workplaces.

(E) Legislation banning smoking in workplaces decreases friction between smoking and nonsmoking workers and is easy to enforce.

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The lobbyists argued that because there is no statistical evidence that breathing other people’s tobacco smoke increases the incidence of heart disease or lung cancer in healthy nonsmokers, legislation banning smoking in workplaces cannot be justified on health grounds.

The argument reported above would be most seriously weakened if it were true that


(A) Breathing smoke-filled air increase the incidence of headaches and coughs in healthy nonsmokers.

(B) Most nonsmokers dislike the odor of smoke-filled air.

(C) Smoke-filled air is a major source of the dirt that damages computers and other sensitive equipment.

(D) Most workers would prefer to have smoking banned in workplaces.

(E) Legislation banning smoking in workplaces decreases friction between smoking and nonsmoking workers and is easy to enforce.


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(A) Breathing smoke-filled air increase the incidence of headaches and coughs in healthy nonsmokers. -- > Correct. Smoke filled air still affects the healthy nonsmokers. Hence, this statement weakens the conclusion as it gives a justification to ban smoking in work place.

(B) Most nonsmokers dislike the odor of smoke-filled air. --> Like or dislike of non smokers doesn't justify anything. Irrelevant

(C) Smoke-filled air is a major source of the dirt that damages computers and other sensitive equipment. --> Irrelevant

(D) Most workers would prefer to have smoking banned in workplaces. --> Preference of workers is irrelevant

(E) Legislation banning smoking in workplaces decreases friction between smoking and nonsmoking workers and is easy to enforce --> Irrelevant
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+1 for A.

Argument is discarded on the grounds of health. if some health concern is raised then this will refute the issue. Only A does that. A is the best possible case.
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