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The third Thursday of November is The Great American Smokeout: a day that the American Cancer Society promotes as a good day to quit smoking. If you're trying to quit, then of course any day is a good day. For some inspiration, we've rounded up this list of celebrities who quit smoking. By now, everyone knows that smoking is terrible for your health and the leading cause of lung cancer. It's no surprise, then, that many celebrities have decided to quit smoking cigarettes. Several famous people have quit smoking, including actors, actresses, models, and even high powered politicians.

Who is the most famous celebrity who quit smoking? Jennifer Aniston tops our list. After the TV and movie star quit smoking in 2012, she said she put on a few pounds, which unfortunately made some people speculate that she was pregnant. Her Friends co-star Courteney Cox used hypnosis to quit smoking in the late 1990s. Other famous actresses who quit smoking include Kristen Stewart, Kate Hudson, and Gwyneth Paltrow.

President Barack Obama struggled with giving up cigarettes, but he says he finally quit because he was "scared" of his wife! Actor Matt Damon used hypnosis to quit smoking. The Good Will Hunting star told Jay Leno, "I should have done it years ago. It's amazing - I didn't even want cigarettes any more." His friend and collaborator Ben Affleck also used hypnosis to kick his 2-year smoking habit. Other celebs who quit smoking include Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher, Gisele Bundchen, Kelly Ripa, Charlize Theron, Jon Hamm, Robert Pattinson, Robert Downey Jr., and Catherine Zeta Jones.

Are you impressed that so many celebrities were able to quit smoking? Share your thoughts in the comments section, and tell us if your favorite celeb smokes or does not anymore. 


Jennifer Aniston is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 26 Celebrities Who Quit Smoking
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Jennifer Aniston quit smoking in 2012. She said that she put on a few pounds after giving up cigarettes, which made people think that she was pregnant.

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Age: 48

Birthplace: Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting, Film Director

Credits: Friends, We're the Millers, The Iron Giant, Office Space

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Ben Affleck is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 26 Celebrities Who Quit Smoking
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Ben Affleck was a smoker for 20 years, but he finally kicked the habit by using hypnosis.

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Age: 44

Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States of America

Profession: Businessperson, Professional Poker Player, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more

Credits: Argo, Good Will Hunting, Gone Girl, The Town

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Gisele Bündchen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 26 Celebrities Who Quit Smoking
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Gisele Bundchen used to smoke Parliaments, but the model hasn't been photographed smoking since the mid-2000s.

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Age: 36

Birthplace: Três de Maio, Brazil

Profession: Television producer, Fashion Model, Model, Supermodel, Actor

Credits: The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2006, The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2005, VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards, The Devil Wears Prada

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Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 26 Celebrities Who Quit Smoking
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Ewan McGregor used hypnosis to help him stop smoking in 2009.

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Age: 46

Birthplace: Perth, United Kingdom

Profession: Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting, Singer

Credits: Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, Trainspotting, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

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