The frequency of smoking cessation among smokers varies across countries. Smoking cessation increased in Spain between 1965 and 2000, in Scotland between 1998 and 2007, and in Italy after 2000. In contrast, in the U.S. the cessation rate was "stable (or varied little)" between 1998 and 2008, and in China smoking cessation rates declined between 1998 and 2003.
Nevertheless, in a growing number of countries there are now more ex-smokers than smokers. For example, in the U.S. as of 2010, there were 47 million ex-smokers and 46 million smokers.
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