The Assessment Tobacco is one of the most important public health issues internationally and claims more than 15,000 lives in Australia alone every year. It can also be controversial because it raises the issue of who is responsible for people smoking. On the one hand, some commentators argue that responsibility for whether people smoke rests with the individual and is a matter of personal choice. On the other hand, some commentators argue that responsibility lies with governments, particularly in relation to young people. The latter emphasise those factors outside the control of the individual which limit choice or prevent certain actions. Calls for governments to regulate tobacco marketing, tax tobacco and ban smoking in public places are associated with this view. This Assessment on government intervention and tobacco control provides you with the opportunity to: critically analyse the responsibility of government in tobacco control interventions practise effective reading strategies demonstrate consistent and accurate use of a standard referencing system take a position on smoking bans in public places and support it in written form. You are required to submit: Reading logs for two articles. Three or four fully referenced paragraphs, written in your own words in which you present a coherent argument for government intervention to extend public smoking bans (~750 words). The Tasks (A and B) Please read these instructions carefully and have the articles listed below under Assessment Materials downloaded and available to refer to. Task A: 2 x Reading Logs (10 marks - 5 marks for each reading log) A reading log is a way of reading academic literature which uses the common structures found in the types of academic literature which your lecturers value most highly. Refereed journal articles, chapters from a sole authored book (not textbooks) and chapters from edited books (not textbooks) have a hierarchical structure which is built around an argument or hypothesis. The reading log gives you the opportunity to learn an efficient way of reading which allows you to isolate the argument of a piece of reading and use it as a framework to separate important ideas from supporting detail. Apply the following steps to reading the article by George Thomson, Nick Wilson and Richard Edwards (Reading Log 1) AND the article by Michael Rosenberg, Simone Pettigrew, Lisa Wood, Renee Ferguson and Stephen Houghton (Reading Log 2) and present your work under the headings 1-6 listed below. Note that your reading logs should be about 1-1½ pages long each. 1. Reference Give the complete end text reference for the article in APA 6th referencing format. If you need assistance with referencing go to: Curtin Library Referencing Guide 2. Argument or purpose Read the abstract. Put the reading aside. In 1-2 sentences and IN YOUR OWN WORDS, write down the author’s argument or main purpose. Now read the conclusion. In many readings you will find that the argument or purpose is restated in the conclusion. Check that you are still satisfied with what you have written or revise if necessary. 3. Academic Credibility Write 3-4 sentences about the quality of the research on which the article is based. To assess whether the reading is well researched and academically credible, look through the reference list. Are there references to articles in refereed journals? Journals with a volume and issue number are usually refereed. Are any books listed published by recognised academic publishers (Polity, Blackwells, Routledge, Curzon, Macmillan, Palgrave, Sage or any of the university presses such as Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Princeton University Press)? Are at least some of the references relatively recent (previous ten years)? This is not to suggest that material published more than ten years ago is not credible and valuable. What you are assessing is whether the writer is familiar with current research on the topic. Are reports and working papers from a variety of sources (UNAIDS, national governments, reputable non-government agencies, independent think tanks, academic research centres, and international institutions)? 4. Headings within the material List the headings and subheadings indicating their different levels by using indents or bullet points. Read over the list and think about what you think might be in each section. Include the list in your log but you only need to reflect on this latter part. 5. Reading a section Go back and read over what you wrote at step 2. In a well written article all of the sections in the text will contribute to establishing the argument or purpose. Look at the first section (Introduction/Background). Read only the first sentence of each paragraph in this section and answer the following questions: What does the section deal with? (1 sentence) How does the material in the section relate to the author’s argument or purpose? (1-2 sentences) 6. Reading in depth Using the technique above, choose one section of the article which you think is most relevant to the paragraph task (Task B below) on government intervention and smoking. This is most likely the Introduction or the Discussion. Read the first paragraph in that section and then put the article aside. In your own words think of a full grammatical sentence which expresses the main idea of the paragraph. Write the sentence in the margin next to the relevant paragraph or in your notes. Repeat the process for each paragraph in this section. You should write only ONE SENTENCE for each main idea. Read over the sentences looking to see how they are connected to each other and the argument of the article. In your log, combine the sentences into a paragraph. Note: We want the main idea of the paragraph and not just the general topic. Now look over the paragraph you have written and see if the sentences follow on logically from each other. Do they support the overall argument that you identified at step 2 (you should reflect on this - no answer needs to be provided in text in your log)? 7. Review (Extra step for reflection only) Now that you have completed the log, look back at your original statement of the argument and think carefully if the main ideas support it. Ask yourself how you will use the material you have just read to complete the paragraph task. (You do not need to write anything for this part.) TASK B: Paragraph writing (15 marks) The above tasks are to prepare you for this final task and how you approach the remaining articles. Based on your reading of the articles we have provided above, we would like you to present a coherent argument FOR government intervention to extend public smoking bans. Present your argument and support it from the above literature in three or four well structured, fully referenced paragraphs (plus a short introduction and conclusion). You are not required to source additional references or material. Please only use the references we have provided you above - you should use more than just the two from the reading logs. Using all or most of these articles will generally build a better discussion. Include a reference list with the full reference for your paragraphs using the APA 6th referencing system. Use the format for a journal article to provide your reference. Referencing is tedious and requires patience and discipline but it is not difficult. Do not try to remember how to reference. Always have your referencing guide by you when you are writing a reference and make sure you follow it exactly. The alternative is to use Endnote (referencing software that automatically formats your references). You will be required to use Endnote for assessments later in your degree so it is worth becoming familiar with it now.