Still lighting up? Smoking cigarettes seems almost retro these days, what with vaping dominating the news headlines when it comes to harmful nicotine addiction — especially for teens. And while it may have looked sophisticated and cool back when Don Draper and the whole Sterling Cooper Draper Price crew chain-smoked their way through seven seasons of Mad Men, back here in reality, smoking is — let’s just say it — actually pretty gross. Even many of the celebrities who previously had no qualms with lighting up are now calling it quits. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of former smokers has been greater than the number of current smokers since 2002.
And because Hollywood doesn’t really like doing things the “normal” way, some stars take unique approaches to kicking their habit — including hypnotherapy (Adele, Aaron Eckhart), e-cigarettes and yoga (Jennifer Aniston). But the latest mega-watt star to quit smoking, Lady Gaga, claims to have done it the old fashioned way: cold turkey.
If you’re a smoker who wants to quit, one of these celebrity-approved methods just might do the trick (or at the very least inspire you to give quitting a serious try). You can also call the Quitline Service at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669), a free telephone support service that can help people who want to stop smoking or using tobacco. No one claims it will be easy, but it’s one of the best things you can do for your health. And hey, you’ll be in good company!
A version of this article was originally published in January 2014.