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How Famous Ex-Smokers Quit Smoking

How Famous Ex-Smokers Quit Smoking

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How many times have you tried to give up smoking? How many methods? As these celebrity ex-smokers demonstrate, there are lots of different ways to try – which one will be the one for you?

Charlotte Church – pregnancy

“The first two weeks were tough and the first month I still really missed it, but I feel so much healthier now and can really feel the difference in my voice”

Ben Affleck – chain smoking

“I smoked, like, five packs a day… By the time the movie was over, I was so sick of smoking, I just didn't want to do it anymore”

Barack Obama – nicotine gum

“I constantly struggle with it. Have I fallen off the wagon sometimes? Yes… I am 95% cured, but there are times when I mess up.”

Charlize Theron – exercise

“I was highly addicted… I thought, I don’t smoke like normal people. I smoke to die”

Matt Damon – hypnotherapy

“The reason you finally quit is because you look at what cigarettes do to you… Once you realize the consequences, it's no longer an option for you to smoke. I think that applies to any addiction.”

Katherine Heigl – electronic cigarettes

“Smoking sucks! The one thing I would say to my kid is, ‘It’s not just that it’s bad for you. Do you want to spend the rest of your life fighting a stupid addiction to a stupid thing that doesn’t even really give you a good buzz?’”

Gwyneth Paltrow – willpower

“Even now there are times when I think I want a cigarette but I take great pleasure in being able to control myself”

Jennifer Aniston – yoga

The Friends star has enthused about yoga’s ability to boost willpower and control – “it completely changed my life.”

Jon Stewart – regular chewing gum

“I used cigarettes to fill a void. It was an activity that I did to make myself feel better.”

Ashton Kutcher – the Allen Carr method

“I read the book. It gives you guidance and lets you smoke as you read – and on the final page it says ‘And now, quit’, and I closed the book, and I did!”

Elizabeth Hurley – sucking on a baby’s dummy

“it's difficult.... I mean, really am really, really determined not to smoke this time. But, you know, it's stressful. It's tough.”

Whoopi Goldberg – cutting down and Twitter support

“Cut down as you feel comfortable. That’s what I did. I don’t miss the cigs at all!”

Christy Turlington – cold turkey

“I had tried stop many times but always went back to it. I just got fed up for not keeping my promise to myself, and I quit cold turkey”

Have any of these celebrity methods inspired you? They only scrape the surface of the many different techniques out there. To find the right way to stop smoking for you, it’s always a good idea to explore all your options.

The best way to do this is to contact a healthcare professional to discuss your habits and smoking history. They can talk you through the effectiveness of different techniques and help you find a quitting method that will work for you.

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