Celebrities Who Have Quit Smoking

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    Jan. 9, 2007: Jennifer Aniston, star of the movie "He's Just Not That Into You" reportedly did a lot of yoga in an attempt to cleanse her body of caffeine and quit smoking.

    AP
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    July 30, 2006: In order to quit smoking, former "Friends" star Courteney Cox Arquette and her husband David Arquette traveled to Brookline, Mass., to enlist the help of Yefim "The Mad Russian" Shubentsov. According to USA Today, Shubentsov's method includes bioenergetics, a healing life force that circulates within all living things.

    AP
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    Brandon Flowers, lead singer of The Killers, said he kicked the habit with the help of a German doctor who gave him a "kind of chamomile concoction that I pour into water, put a towel over my head and breathe it in."

    Reuters
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    May 20, 2005: The paparazzi was stunned when they caught model and actress Elizabeth Hurley sucking on a baby's pacifier. But her spokesman soon revealed she was using the device in order to quit smoking.

    AP
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    May 14, 2007: Kelly Ripa, star of the morning talk show "Live! With Regis & Kelly" told Self magazine in February 2007 that she quit smoking the year before because of a fear of cancer and wrinkles. "I don't miss it," she told the magazine.

    AP
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    Sept. 20, 2005: Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron is known for her hard work and dedication to the characters she portrayed in films like "Monster" and "North Country." But she couldn't seem to take on the role of a non-smoker. Theron engaged the help of a hypnotist and became smoke-free for good.

    AP
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    Aug. 31, 2006: Academy Award-winner Ben Affleck took advice from his best friend Matt Damon and used hypnosis to quit smoking after two decades of the nasty habit. He smoked his last cigarette on Nov. 10, 2005, shortly after he discovered wife Jennifer Garner was pregnant with their first child, daughter Violet.

    AP
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    July 21, 2007: Academy Award-winner Matt Damon underwent clinical hypnosis in 2004 to kick his 20-year smoking habit after he saw photos of himself smoking a cigarette and realized how disgusting it was.

    AP
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    Sept. 16, 2007: Host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart (pictured here with his wife Tracey) decided to quit smoking on Dec. 28, 2000, a habit he had indulged in since the age of 15. Stewart said he was encouraged to quit by the CGL Foundation.

    AP
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    Jan. 1, 2003: Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen is one of the highest-paid supermodels in the world - she has earned $35 million this year. As a New Year's resolution in 2007, Bundchen vowed to give up cigarettes. Shortly thereafter, she stacked on 15 pounds and told Britain's GQ magazine that "food tastes better than when it tasted like (an) ashtray."

    AP
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    June 7, 2002: "I have an 8-month-old daughter and I can't smoke around her in my apartment," said world-renowned chef Anthony Bourdain. "I live on a high floor and I had to go 11 floors down every time I wanted a cigarette. It just became harder to smoke than to quit." After 38 years of smoking, he finally tossed his cigarettes in 2007.

    AP
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    Debra Messing, former star of "Will and Grace" and this fall's "The Women," called her hypnotist after a bout with bronchitis in 1999. She also applied a nicotine patch to quit the habit. "My doctor sat me down and said, 'You're quitting smoking today, period. If you have another cigarette, you'll be in intensive care,'" Messing said.

    AP
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    July 15, 2007: After she quit smoking in 2003, Spice Girl Geri Halliwell returned to voice lessons and had throat surgery. "I've had to go back to singing lessons and doing all these vocal exercises. It's very embarrassing," Halliwell said. She took up knitting to keep her cigarette-free fingers occupied.

    AP
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    Aug. 30, 2003: "Being a smoker is like being trapped in a complicated maze," said Sir Anthony Hopkins, who won an Academy Award for his role in the 1991 flick "The Silence of the Lambs." Hopkins used the popular Allen Carr psychological method to change his mentality of smoking, thus allowing him to quit successfully.

    AP
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    Undated photo: Comedian and actress Whoopi Goldberg weaned herself off cigarettes as a gift to herself for Christmas one year. "I saw this commercial where these little kids were lying in the bed... and one of the kids breathes and the smoke comes out. Something about seeing those little kids exhale that smoke made me think, 'OK, Whoop, maybe it's time to stop,'" she said.

    AP

 

 

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