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Commentary
The prevalence of tobacco use in ACT secondary students has decreased steadily over time. In 2017, 14.1% of secondary students surveyed reported having smoked at  least once in their lifetime (ever smoked), 2.9% reported smoking cigarettes on at least one day in the seven days before the survey (current smokers) and less than 1% (0.6%) reported smoking cigarettes every day on each of the last seven days preceding the survey (daily smokers). 
 
Although secondary students' reported tobacco use remained relatively stable between 2014 and 2017, there have been significant decreases in prevalence of smoking over the reporting period. This is most obvious in the ‘ever smoked’ category, which dropped from 55.7% in 1996 to 14.1% in 2017. During the same period, the proportion of current smokers decreased from 20.5% to 2.9%, respectively, and daily smokers from 9.2% to 0.6%, respectively.
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