Task 1 (Line Graph) – The rate of smoking per 1000 people in Someland


The graph below shows the rate of smoking per 1000 people in Someland from 1960 to 2000.

Write a report for a university lecturer describing the information in the graph below.

Write at least 150 words.

Model Answer 1:

The ratio of smokers among men and women in Someland is outlined in the line graph and the data also shows how this rate changed over a 40 years’ time. It is obvious that the ratio of smokers in Someland dipped over the time but female smokers’ percentage climbed higher.

As is visible in the illustration, almost six in ten men smoked in 1960 in Someland. At that time one female out of then smoked but over the decades this ratio went higher while the percentage of male smokers decreased. In 1970, almost 2 in every ten women smoked while male smokers’ ratio somewhat decreased. Moving further, the percentages of male and female smokers in 1985 stood at 40% and 30%, which shows a contrasting trend of smoking between men and women. It is obvious that more females started consuming tobacco in 1985 than any other time in the past. However, the smoking rate among both genders gradually decreased after 1985 and in 2000, almost 20 to 25 male and female in Someland smoked. Though more males in Someland smoked, the increasing trend of the female smokers was somewhat alarming.     

Sample Answer 2:  

The provided graph compares the male and female smokers from 1960 to 2000 in Someland. As is observed from the given presentation, over the 40 years, the number of male smokers dropped significantly while the number of female smokers increased.

Initially, in 1960, 600 males out of 1000 smoked and the female smokers were less 100 in number in this year. Over the next 40 years, the number of male smokers decreased steadily and reached to just over 200 out of 1000 people. On the contrary, though the number of female smokers was always fewer than the male smokers, their number progressed over the time. In 2000, the male and female smokers’ number got at around 200 in 1000 people.

In summary, male smokers were higher in number than female smokers from 1960 to 2000 but while the number of male smokers decreased steadily, female smoker’s number increased and in 2000, the percentage of male and female smokers got almost same.

( This model answer can be followed as an example of a very good answer. However, please note that this is just one example out of many possible approaches.)

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