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I am wondering about the sentence "half as many do"

 

In 1997, 36% of high school students smoked. Today, half as many do.

What does that sentence "Half as many do" means?

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Base language: English
Category: Culture

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    Today half as many students smoke compared to 1997, so 18%.

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070905180923AAZhKCw

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