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 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.(Source)
- Age: 53
- Birthplace: Sherman Oaks, California, USA
Ben Affleck was a smoker for 20 years, but he finally kicked the habit by using hypnosis.(Source)
- Age: 50
- Birthplace: Berkeley, California, USA
Gisele Bundchen used to smoke Parliaments, but the model hasn't been photographed smoking since the mid-2000s.(Source)
- Age: 42
- Birthplace: Horizontina, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Ewan McGregor used hypnosis to help him stop smoking in 2009.(Source)
- Age: 51
- Birthplace: Perth, United Kingdom