How These 17 Celebrities Nipped Their Smoking Habit in the Bud

by Julie Sprankles
Sep 9, 2016 at 1:29 p.m. ET

Sure, it looked cool when Don Draper and the whole Sterling Cooper Draper Price crew chain-smoked their way through seven seasons of Mad Men — but back here in reality, smoking is actually pretty gross. Even the celebs who previously had no qualms with lighting up are now calling it quits. 

And because Hollywood doesn't really like doing things the "normal" way, some stars take unique approaches to kicking their habit — including hypnotherapy, e-cigarettes and yoga.

If you're one of the seven out of 10 smokers who wants to quit, one of these celebrity-approved methods might do the trick.

Originally published January 2014. Updated March 2017.

1 /17: Adele

1/17 :Adele

Adele — who used to smoke up to 25 cigerettes a day — decided to give up smoking for her health, and for her kids.

"I absolutely loved it, but it’s not that fucking cool when I’m dying from a smoking-related illness and my kid is, like, devastated," she told People in 2015.

Susan Hepburn — a specialist who reportedly helped Adele quit — says hypnosis is the way to go.

"I help you 'delete' the connections and associations that make you crave a cigarette," Hepburn told the U.K.'s Metro. "You will, quite simply, no longer want to smoke."

2 /17: Mila Kunis

2/17 :Mila Kunis

Kunis says she sucked down cigarettes to lose weight for her role in Black Swan, but she's since quit and couldn't be happier about the decision. 

Kunis hasn't revealed her exact method for quitting smoking, but two pregnancies in the span of just a couple years probably helped her lay off the habit.

3/17 :Aaron Eckhart

Once a chain smoker, Olympus Has Fallen actor Aaron Eckhart kicked the habit for good through The Kerry Gaynor Method, a unique program by renowned hypnotherapist Kerry Gaynor.

4/17 :Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz may be super health-conscious now, but in the '90s, the actress was puffing up to 20 hand-rolled cigarettes a day. She says good, old-fashioned guilt ultimately helped her quit.

5 /17: Jennifer Aniston

5/17 :Jennifer Aniston

She certainly has a wholesome image these days, but it wasn't too long ago that Jennifer Aniston couldn't seem to say goodbye to cigarettes. She's nicotine-free now, though, which she credits largely to her devotion to yoga.

6 /17: Katherine Heigl

6/17 :Katherine Heigl

Since telling Parade in 2010 she was using electronic cigarettes to help her quit smoking, actress Katherine Heigl has managed to get by without the real deal. But she admits it has been hard, saying, "Smoking sucks!"

7 /17: Gisele Bundchen

7/17 :Gisele Bundchen

We think she's always looked great, but in her early modeling days, Gisele Bundchen says she relied on cigarettes to help her stay thin before quitting in 2003. Although she gained 15 pounds in the process, she says it was worth it.

8/17 :Gwyneth Paltrow

She's built a reputation over the last decade for being the queen of clean living, but GOOP mastermind Gwyneth Paltrow used to indulge in a two-pack-a-day cigarette habit. She broke it (for the most part) by going cold turkey.

9 /17: Katie Cassidy

9/17 :Katie Cassidy

Wonder what Katie Cassidy's dad (former teen heartthrob David Cassidy) thought of his daughter smoking? Regardless, they're undoubtedly both happy the Arrow beauty quit, thanks to The Kerry Gaynor Method.

10/17 :Paul Rudd

Not only was Paul Rudd able to quit smoking with the help of hypnotherapist Kerry Gaynor, but he has also helped others — like Parks & Rec's Rashida Jones and John Carter's Lynn Collins — by passing along Gaynor's info.

11 /17: Charlize Theron

11/17 :Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron is stunning, smart and talented, and, like so many others, she struggled for years to boot her bad habit of smoking. Luckily, the actress nixed her three-pack-a-day fix through The Kerry Gaynor Method.

12 /17: Debra Messing

12/17 :Debra Messing

Another Kerry Gaynor success story, Debra Messing can't say enough about the method she says "saved my life." Messing asserts, "I saw him three times, and I remain a non-smoker to this day. I am grateful beyond words."

13 /17: Ben Affleck

13/17 :Ben Affleck

Et tu, Ben Affleck? Yes, Matt Damon’s other half was a smoker for over 20 years and was finally able to quit for good by using hypnosis. Affleck, who once smoked a pack a day and considered cigarettes part of his identity, decided to quit when he knew he was going to become a father for the first time. (Aww.)

14/17 :Matt Damon

As you might’ve guessed, it was Matt who turned his buddy Ben on to anti-smoking hypnosis in the first place. Way back in 2004, Damon used clinical hypnosis to quit smoking, a habit he had been trying to kick for several decades. As reported in Now magazine, Damon decided to quit smoking so that he could improve his sperm count before having kids — clearly, a good move for the now father of four.

15 /17: Ashton Kutcher

15/17 :Ashton Kutcher

Ashton Kutcher was able to successfully quit smoking in 2010, several years before becoming a dad for the first time, by using Allen Carr's Easy Way method. Reportedly, Kutcher was up to as many as 40 cigarettes a day before he was urged to read Carr’s book, The Easy Way to Stop Smoking, by his now ex-wife Demi Moore. Kutcher said he quit the smokes, but still enjoys the adult beverages.

16 /17: Barack Obama

16/17 :Barack Obama

If our nation’s leader can do it, then anyone can. Obama joked that he initially quit smoking because he was scared of his wife, though it seems that his family was his inspiration for improving his health. As the First Lady told iVillage after the President had been smoke-free for almost one year, Obama wanted to set a good example for his girls since “they're at the age now where you can't hide." His presidential secret? After years of struggling to quit, Obama said Nicorette gum (and the fear of Michelle) helped.

17 /17: Kim Zolciak

17/17 :Kim Zolciak

In an interview with The Cut, Kim Zolciak reveals she quit smoking a few years ago with the help of Allen Carr's book Easy Way to Stop Smoking. "I definitely loved cigarettes, which was so odd because I love white teeth and pretty skin," she said. "I have a very addictive personality, and for someone like myself who has smoked since I was 15, I promise you, it changed my life."

And Zolciak isn't the only celeb to swear by this book. "Ellen DeGeneres quit smoking because of it," she said. "Fourteen million people quit smoking because of it. My husband did chewing tobacco and he quit that cold turkey. I didn't even really want to quit — I had no reason to quit, I just smoked a whole pack of cigarettes reading the book, as it tells you to do, and I've never, ever smoked again. It's bizarre. If I can do it, I know for a fact anybody can do it."