With so much information out there about the negative and harmful effects of smoking, it seems really silly that people still do it. We see those dramatic commercials about the harmful effects cigarettes can have, and all we can think of is, that’s horrible. Sometimes, even just looking at those scaring images on the cigarette packs are enough to turn our stomachs upside down. Yet, there’s a ton of individuals that light up all day, everyday, addicted to the smell and taste of nicotine, and seemingly un-bothered by its dangerous side-effects. The same goes for famous celebrities –they are no different then everyone else, even they like lighting up. But many of them have given this bad habit the kick, realizing their health is a top priority. Find out which 10 celebrities used to smoke for years, but gave up the nasty habit for good.
Jon Stewart started smoking at just 15 years old, and was hooked until 2000, when he finally decided to quit, a whole 23 years later. The Daily Show host once said that the hardest part about quitting his bad habit was finding something else to do while drinking coffee, and that he “used cigarettes to fill a void. It was an activity that I did to make myself feel better.”
Though his Mad Men character, Don Draper smokes like a chimney, actor Jon Hamm’s not actually lighting up on set. He told People magazine, “I quit smoking when I was 24. It’s glamorous on film, but it’s not glamorous waking up and smelling like an ashtray.” The cigarettes used during filming are herbal with absolutely no nicotine or tar. Thankfully, because Hamm once said in an interview, that he smoked 74 cigarettes while shooting the pilot alone.
Supermodels smoke, too. One of Victoria’s Secret most popular angels, Gisele Bundchen admitted that smoking helped her keep a slim figure for shows, and was often done while waiting backstage. But the beauty quit for good in 2003, cold turkey, after realizing her health wasn’t something she wanted to risk. She claims she put on 15 pounds in the process, but we think she’s lying.
“Because I’m scared of my wife,” is the response Barack Obama gave to a reporter when asked why he quit smoking. Along with his wife, it was his two daughters who helped him kick the habit. But he’s not 100% just yet. “I don’t do it in front of my kids. I don’t do it in front of my family. And, you know, I would say that I am 95 percent cured. But there are times where…There are times where I mess up.”
After a complete body cleanse and detox, Jennifer Aniston quit her chain smoking for good back in 2007. The only downfall she experienced? She told InStyle she “put on a couple of pounds.” Clearly, her Smart Water and yoga sessions have done the trick, because she’s looking as good –and as slim– as ever.
Of all the ways to quit smoking, Matt Damon used hypnosis. The Oceans 12 actor was an avid smoker for 16 years, but quit with just three sessions of hypnotherapy. He told Parade magazine, “He [the hypnotherapist] taught me that 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.” Apparently, the same can be said for Drew Barrymoore and Britney Spears, who also got the hypnotic treatment.
Like Matt Damon, funny man Paul Rudd kicked his bad habit with hypnotherapy, following treatment with hypnotherapist to the stars, Kerry Gaynor. And after he kicked his bad habit to the curb, he couldn’t help but spread the word about its success, nudging fellow co-stars, like Rashida Jones, to mimic his good example and do the same.
Vince Vaughn’s been on a roller coaster ride with nicotine. He first picked up the habit for on-screen roles, to look more natural when his character was asked to smoke. But that quickly turned into an addiction. He eventually quit for eight months and put on 25 pounds, right around the time he was filming The Breakup. But then, he explained in an interview, “When I finished shooting and we wrapped the movie, I said to myself, ‘Well, I can have just one cigarette. I mean, it’s been eight months, what’s the big deal?’ And then again I was up to a pack a day.” He later quit cold turkey and even toyed with a vegan diet for a while.
After smoking nearly two packs a day, Gwyneth Paltrow kicked the bad habit when she got pregnant. But the health nut, who has several healthy cookbooks out, still allows herself the rare indulgence. She told Harper’s Bazaar, “You know, I use organic products, but I get lasers. It’s what makes life, finding the balance between cigarettes and tofu.” Elsewhere she said, “I often have a glass of red wine in the evening and smoke a cigarette on a Saturday. I love those moments because they are just the right amount of naughty. That balance keeps you vibrant. You have to live your life, after all.”
Superstar chef, Anthony Bourdain once indulged in more than just food… he used to have a thing for cigarettes and illegal substances. But he stopped smoking cigarettes (we don’t know about the other stuff)after the birth of his daughter in 2007, when he wasn’t allowed to smoke in his home and was forced to walk down 11 flights of stairs just to take a drag. In an interview with TV Guide, he said, “I really did quit smoking and it has in no way improved my life — or my palate unfortunately.”