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803I Compare and Contract Assignment 27 November 2011 Compare & Contrast: Smoking vs. Non Smoking I have chosen three different websites for the completion of this assignment. The three sites of my choice are: • Smoking from All Sides • Smoking & Tobacco Use (CDC) • American Non-Smokers' Rights Foundation The five questions to determine the academic context for this assignment I have chosen are: 1. What types of research methods were used to determine the statistics around smoking and non smoking? 2. What types of research methods were used to determine the health effects of smoking? 3. Are the sources of the site primary or secondary sources? 4. Is the site biased towards either smoking or non-smoking? 5. Are the sources regarding information provided by the site documented and easily located?
It provides ample information on both smoking and non-smoking. However. When attempting to view links regarding particular statistics. tested and researched based on the information each site provides. This indicates the site is not updated frequently and many of the statistics may be related to out of date information. Of the statistics provided on this site. The second site I chose was “Smoking & Tobacco Use (CDC)” because it provided a lot of information into the health effects of smoking. many returned an error that the page is no longer found at that address. such as links for “Anti-Smoking Groups” and “Pro-Smoking Documents. the credibility and expertise of the web sites must be determined before using the information for research. There is also a list of commentary sources available for viewing. The first site I chose was the “Smoking from All Sides” because it seemed to provide the most information without a bias.Web sites provide a great deal of information on just about any subject. I will be comparing and contrasting the sites and the information they provide to determine the best site for research information.” This web site includes many statistics located on this site with cited sources for the information. I will also be clarifying the bias of each site. they are divided into sections of US and Outside the US and then sub divided under the US by age group. I will attempt to establish how statistics and health effects were studied. It provides information into the history of tobacco as well as current tobacco news. To determine the credibility and validity of research points of the web sites above. When attempting to locate information on how results of health effects were determined and how studies on these .
but still bias towards non-smoking. information about the tobacco industry. . and our analyses of tobacco control efforts. It is a partially biased site. The web site provides newsletters which allow followers and members of the site to “Stay up-to-date on the latest smokefree legislation. of the three I feel the “Smoking & Tobacco Use (CDC)” is the most credible and provides the most detailed information. it is stated that “The entire manuscript was then sent to more than 20 scientists and other experts. the three sites combined do provide ample amount of information regarding the smoking and non-smoking statistics and studies.effects were completed. For a deeper look into the seriousness of these effects.” T According to the 2010 Report of the Surgeon General Report. This report provides an extensive look into the effects of smoking. The third site I chose was “American Non-Smokers’ Rights Foundation” because it provided an extreme bias into non-smoking. I would recommend visiting this site for additional information. national and international news. Overall. but only because of the credible evidence regarding the extreme health effects of being a smoker and the risk smokers create for those around them with second hand smoke. However. trends in smokefree air. also providing sources to where the information was first obtained. I was able to locate information on the “Surgeon General’s Reports on Smoking and Tobacco Use.” This web site also provides information into statistics regarding second-hand smoke and pro non-smoking studies which are credible sources. scientific updates on the health effects of secondhand smoke. but only due to the serious effects that smoking can cause to a smoker’s health and those around the smokers by inhaling second hand smoke. This site does appear to be bias towards nonsmoking. who examined it for scientific integrity” (8).
2010. Web. GA: U. Web. 2011 U. Smoking and Tobacco Use.Works Cited American’s Rights for Non-Smokers.S. National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. 27 Nov. 27 Nov. Atlanta. 2011. 2011 . 2010. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ANR. Home Page. 13 Sept. Office on Smoking and Health. Web. CDC. Web. How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease: The Biology and Behavioral Basis for Smoking-Attributable Disease: A Report of the Surgeon General. 2011 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Department of Health and Human Services. 27 Nov. Smoking from All Sides. 27 Nov. Department of Health and Human Services. Home Page.S.