IELTS Academic Writing Task 1You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
The figure gives information about smoking habits of the UK population by age.
Summarize the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.
You should write at least 150 words.
Write an essay based on this task. We will post a sample essay in our next blog post. The task is taken from "Collins English for Exams Writing for IELTS Anneli Williams First Edition 2011 at page 96".
Smoking habits by age (UK)
The bar chart compares the data about the patterns of smoking habits of the UK residents and the comparisons have been done by age group. Overall, the majority of people who have never smoked belong to the age group of 16-24 and the least number of people from the age group of 65-74 are people those have never smoked.
As can be seen from the pie chart, almost two-thirds of young people below 24 years of age have never smoked in their life. However, as people grow, the numbers of people who have never smoked start getting reduced. Therefore, in the age category of 65-74 years, the number of people who have never smoked is the least.
Another glaring feature the pie chart presents is that there are more numbers of people who start quitting smoking as they grow older especially after they attain the age group of 45-54. Therefore, the ex-smokers, the people who have stopped smoking, keep on rising significantly in each age group after they are older than 54. For example, when people are in the age bracket of 45-54, there are only 10% ex-smokers. The figures get more than doubled (almost 25%) when people are within the age group of 55-64. This trend continues and the maximum number of people who have given up smoking are older than 65. In this group of 65-74, almost 40% people can be seen as those who used to smoke earlier but do not smoke any more.
The number of heavy smoker has risen in each age category and has reached the high of almost 15% when people are in the age bracket of 45-54 but thereafter, it has fallen gradually. The similar trend can be observed even in case of light smokers after they reach the age of 45 and thereafter.
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