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# The State of West Goa's Secretary of Public Health

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Updated on: 21 Jan 2014, 22:40
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The State of West Goa's Secretary of Public Health has proposed a comprehensive new public health education and assistance program to help reduce smoking in West Goa. The Secretary is supporting a bill that would finance the program entirely by a dramatic increase in taxes on tobacco products. However, the legislature should not pass the bill, because those who will benefit from it—people who are attempting to quit smoking—are the least likely to bear the burden of financing it, since they are the least likely to purchase tobacco products.

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The Secretary of Public Health’s plan to finance the anti-smoking education and assistance program by dramatically increasing the tax on tobacco products is most called into question by which of the following?

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A
Members of the State of West Goa legislature will hold open meetings in their home districts, at which they will listen to constituents’ views on the proposal for funding the anti-smoking program.
B
If the financing plan is approved, it will be necessary to fund an advertising campaign informing the public of the tax increase.
C
Tobacco consumers may stockpile tobacco products in an effort to avoid the increased tax for as long as possible.
D
A tobacco tax increase was briefly instituted in West Goa five years ago, but was repealed when the vast majority of tobacco users in West Goa began to purchase their cigarettes from the neighboring state of North Assam, which has no tobacco tax.
E
Lobbyists for the health insurance industry have strongly supported the anti-smoking program.

Originally posted by aalokk on 21 Jan 2014, 10:21.
Last edited by aalokk on 21 Jan 2014, 22:40, edited 1 time in total.
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21 Jan 2014, 22:04
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Step 1 : Question Type : Weakener

Step 2 : What is to be weaken? : Secretary of Public Health’s plan

Step 3 : Prethinking : Even after increasing the tax on tobacco products, the state will not get the finance for the subject program

Step 4 : POE

Choices

A Members of the State of West Goa legislature will hold open meetings in their home districts, at which they will listen to constituents’ views on the proposal for funding the anti-smoking program. - Out of Scope

B If the financing plan is approved, it will be necessary to fund an advertising campaign informing the public of the tax increase. - Out of Scope

C Tobacco consumers may stockpile tobacco products in an effort to avoid the increased tax for as long as possible. - short term effect

D A tobacco tax increase was briefly instituted in West Goa five years ago, but was repealed when the vast majority of tobacco users in West Goa began to purchase their cigarettes from the neighboring state of North Assam, which has no tobacco tax. - Ans

E Lobbyists for the health insurance industry have strongly supported the anti-smoking program. - Out of Scope

What is OA? and Source?

My Question : (The question is valid only if OA is D)

Generally Gmat questions consider all the details (even the minute details) in forming correct answers. Here the following information was not used for arriving at answer
"the legislature should not pass the bill, because those who will benefit from it—people who are attempting to quit smoking—are the least likely to bear the burden of financing it, since they are the least likely to purchase tobacco products." Why So? Am I missing something?
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23 Jan 2014, 04:37
CARK wrote:
Step 1 : Question Type : Weakener

Step 2 : What is to be weaken? : Secretary of Public Health’s plan

Step 3 : Prethinking : Even after increasing the tax on tobacco products, the state will not get the finance for the subject program

Step 4 : POE

Choices

A Members of the State of West Goa legislature will hold open meetings in their home districts, at which they will listen to constituents’ views on the proposal for funding the anti-smoking program. - Out of Scope

B If the financing plan is approved, it will be necessary to fund an advertising campaign informing the public of the tax increase. - Out of Scope

C Tobacco consumers may stockpile tobacco products in an effort to avoid the increased tax for as long as possible. - short term effect

D A tobacco tax increase was briefly instituted in West Goa five years ago, but was repealed when the vast majority of tobacco users in West Goa began to purchase their cigarettes from the neighboring state of North Assam, which has no tobacco tax. - Ans

E Lobbyists for the health insurance industry have strongly supported the anti-smoking program. - Out of Scope

What is OA? and Source?

My Question : (The question is valid only if OA is D)

Generally Gmat questions consider all the details (even the minute details) in forming correct answers. Here the following information was not used for arriving at answer
"the legislature should not pass the bill, because those who will benefit from it—people who are attempting to quit smoking—are the least likely to bear the burden of financing it, since they are the least likely to purchase tobacco products." Why So? Am I missing something?

I could be wrong but I personally don't imagine such a question appearing on the real GMAT. Partly due to the reason in the quoted comment. I'd keep away from such custom questions as they can mess up your confidence and concepts.
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09 Oct 2017, 19:49
C & D are an important pattern in gmat; put it simply, the pattern is short-term vs long-term.
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