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The graph reveals statistics about female and male smokers in Australia between the years 1960 and 2000. Overall, the number of male smokers declined strongly, whereas the total number of female smokers rose slightly. In addition, there are always more male smokers than females throughout the entire period.
The number of men who smoked in 1960 was approximately 6 million but this decreased gradually to 5 million by 1974. Subsequently, it continued to decrease but more steeply to 2.5 million in 2000, which was the lowest point in the entire period surveyed.
In contrast, the popularity of smoking for females fluctuated throughout the period. In 1960 it was very low at only about 1 million. By 1968 this increased by about 100,000 to 1.70 million and increased again but more steeply to reach a peak at 3.2 million in 1977. The number of female smokers then dropped slightly to 2 million by 2000.