Learn how these stars ditched their nicotine habit for good
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According to the CDC, 68.8 percent of current smokers are trying to stop—and that statistic includes a few more well known faces. We've been inspired lately by The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg, who's been sharing her attempt to quit both on the show and on social media. "I'm STILL smoke-free!" she Tweeted recently.
In fact, the star has developed a community of support on Twitter to help with smoking cessation.
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The recently engaged star is no stranger to pregnancy rumors. But she told GQ earlier this year that one persistent baby rumor might have come after she kicked the cigarette habit. "Well, I recently quit smoking, and you do put on some extra pounds," she told the magazine. "It makes a difference, especially if you're not 20."
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The POTUS, who started lighting up as a teenager, had a long battle with nicotine addiction. "I constantly struggle with it," he said in a 2009 news conference, HuffPost previously reported.
When he was first deciding to run for president, now-first lady Michelle Obama said one of her requirements was that he kick the habit once and for all. While he tried to quit during his 2008 campaign, it wasn't until 2011 that his wife broke the news that he had been smoke-free for a year, according to the HuffPost report.
Later that year, President Obama's doctor also confirmed that he successfully quit smoking, according to the Wall Street Journal.
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The model broke the habit in 2003. "When I quit smoking, I gained 15 pounds," she told People magazine in 2006. "So? I prefer myself this way. Nothing is worth your health."
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For the actor, playing a chain smoker in Smokin' Aces was actually the impetus to give up the habit in real life.
"The whole week that I shot, I smoked, like, five packs a day," he told People magazine in 2007. "By the time the movie was over, I was so sick of smoking, I just didn't want to do it anymore, and I quit. I have this celluloid record of the last time I smoked."
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The co-host of Live! With Michael and Kelly told SHAPE that she used to be a regular smoker. And while she quit after having children, she picked the habit back up again. What helped her finally quit for good? Exercise!
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In May 2012, the Twilight actress revealed in an MTV interview that she was learning French—and that she had quit smoking! "You can't acknowledge it or else suddenly...you can't think about it," she says.
She's not the only Twilight starlet who's stubbed out her cigarettes—co-stars Ashley Greene and Nikki Reed also reportedly stopped smoking, according to EOnline.com.
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"I was highly addicted," the actress told Vogue in 2011. "I thought, I don’t smoke like normal people. I smoke to die." While Theron didn't tell Vogue exactly how she quit to avoid "jinxing" it, she reportedly tried both yoga and hypnosis.
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The Mad Man star is no stranger to smoking on screen—but he quit smoking behind the scenes at the age of 24, according to People.com. "It's glamorous on film, but it's not glamorous waking up and smelling like an ashtray," he told the publication.
So how does he handle playing his chain-smoking character, Don Draper? Herbal cigarettes. "They taste like a mixture between pot and soap," he once complained to New York magazine's Vulture.com.
"But we’re being realistic—people did smoke back then. My father smoked everywhere, even in the car, in the summertime, with the windows up—it was part of life," he said.
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The actress told Parade in 2010 that she was quitting with the help of electronic cigarettes, a controversial smoking cessation tool.
"Smoking sucks! The one thing I would say to my kid is, 'It's not just that it's bad for you,'" she says. "'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?'"