Thank You for Smoking Essay

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Thank You for Smoking

“Take another drag. That’s good for you.” One might not hear that everyday, but Peter Brimelow’s “Thank You for Smoking…?” is a very well written deductive argument that may have you believing that statement by the time you’re done reading his article. Brimelow’s argument is clearly inductive because he presents his samples right away which lead to generalizations that are drawn from those examples (McFadden). Brimelow comes right out early in the argument and informs the reader smoking can be beneficial to one’s health (141). Brimelow makes it clearly evident throughout the article that smoking is good for one’s health which is his major claim. The major claim is also known as a thesis (McFadden).
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This is done through presenting information that affects the audience’s values and beliefs, also called warrants (McFadden 2003). Brimelow chooses two very good warrants to instill in the audience. He notes that it’s healthy and also, it is our personal freedom as Americans to smoke if we so choose. These were great warrants to choose for use in this argument. Brimelow chose these warrants because they appeal to the reader’s values. This is what makes them so good. What American is not concerned about their health or their freedom?

Sometimes in argument papers the warrant does not come across clear to the readers. To ensure that the reader understands the warrants, backing is used. Backing is simply more logic and evidence used to support the warrant (McFadden 2003). Brimelow uses some of the same evidence to support his warrant as he did his major claim. However, these statistics showing the benefits smoking can provide in fighting diseases are powerful. Brimelow also backs up his warrant concerning freedom very well. He notes that Americans have many rights and privileges, and smoking is a choice one can make. This attracts the reader’s values which makes it a good warrant. As individuals, we can judge that the reward outweighs the risk (Brimelow 141).

When reading an argument paper most people will be

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