12) B

The argument made in the text is the last line “The government should act now…make slimming pills object to the same strict controls as medicines”

Our answer must be a statement which weakens this argument.

A – Wrong
People wasting their money on many products besides slimming pills does not weaken the argument that the government should take action.

B – Correct
If the government is introducing a legislation then it weakens the argument that the government should take action.

C – Wrong
Even if the statement that the demand for slimming pills is likely to grow was true, it does not weaken the argument that the government should take action.

D – Wrong
Even if this was a cost to the taxpayer, the government would be saving people’s money from being wasted on ineffective slimming pills.

E – Wrong
This statement cannot be correlated with the argument made.

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