I have a dear friend who's trying to quit smoking—she's one of the 42.1 million people in the U.S. who turns to cigs—and she's doing a great job of lessening her daily intake. Still, she's in need of extra motivation—as many wannabe-quitters are!—so I thought it was worth taking a look at some of the things stars have done to toss the tobacco.
Cameron Diaz quit with: sheer willpower
Cameron smoked through her twenties and stopped while training for Charlie's Angels—then took the habit up again (briefly!) before stubbing out the habit in her thirties. After smoking a reported 20 cigarettes a day, Cameron decided to quit, saying: "I gave up because my parents were upset that I was smoking so much and I was setting a bad example. It preyed on my conscience. I was into roll-your-own, and I was killing myself."
Jennifer Aniston quit with: yoga
According to the intro she wrote for Yogalosophy—the book penned by Jen's yoga trainer (and star of Teen Witch—raising my hand as being a crazy-nut fangirl of that movie!)—Mandy Ingber's book, regular yoga helped Jen to let go of her addiction to cigarettes and caffeine.
Paul Rudd quit with: hypnotherapy
The always-hilarious-and-dreamy (let's be real, here) Paul turned to hypnotherapy to quell his cigarette habit, apparently at the suggestion of costars such as Rashida Jones.
Uma Thurman quit with: nicotine gum
Uma says that giving up smoking was the "biggest struggle of my life." In 2005, she quit for good—by chewing gum. Nicotine gum gives ex-smokers-to-be teensy amounts of nicotine while also rewarding their mouths with something to do instead of sucking on a cig. (Some research has shown that using nicotine gum while nixing cigarettes can triple the chances of being able to quit for six months.)
What are your stop-smoking suggestions? What's worked for you or your friends?
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