Logical Reasoning - Statement and Argument - Discussion

Each question given below consists of a statement, followed by two arguments numbered I and II. You have to decide which of the arguments is a 'strong' argument and which is a 'weak' argument.

Give answer:

  • (A) If only argument I is strong
  • (B) If only argument II is strong
  • (C) If either I or II is strong
  • (D) If neither I nor II is strong and
  • (E) If both I and II are strong.


Statement: Should words like 'Smoking is injurious to health essentially appear on cigarette packs?


  1. Yes. It is a sort of brainwash to make the smokers realize that they are inhaling poisonous stuff.
  2. No. It hampers the enjoyment of smoking.

[A]. Only argument I is strong
[B]. Only argument II is strong
[C]. Either I or II is strong
[D]. Neither I nor II is strong
[E]. Both I and II are strong

Answer: Option A


Clearly, such words on cigarette packs would warn the smokers beforehand of its adverse effects. So, argument I holds strong. However, smoking is a bad habit with long-term health hazards and is no means of enjoyment. So, argument II is vague.

Ayvin said: (Sep 9, 2013)  
I disagree with only argument I being strong here. This depends on your point of view in the matter. Some people actually do enjoy smoking despite it being a bad habit (why would they start smoking in the first place?), and may consider argument II to be a strong argument against putting these words on a cigarette pack. Additionally, many smokers already know this habit is hazardous to their health, and one may thus consider argument I to be weak, since it does not actually make any difference for these people.

In conclusion, I think this whole question is vague and does not hold to logical standards, since the answer cannot be considered to be universally true.

Aishik said: (Sep 2, 2015)  
'Smoking Is Injurious to health' is a fact! How can this be used to BRAINWASH someone?

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