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Smokers are jokers! Johnny Depp, Katherine Heigl, Ewan McGregor, Drew Barrymore,Brad Pitt and more Hollywood stars are butting out -- here's how they're breaking the habit.
No doubt, smoking cigarettes is linked to deadly health issues and -- possibly worse given the importance of image in the industry -- side effects including wrinkles, yellow teeth and thinning hair, plus bad breath. Studies now show that smoking accelerates skin aging by about 10-15 years.
Drew Barrymore reportedly used hypnosis to end her two-pack a day habit.
To help her quit, Katherine Heigl went high-tech with the SmokeStik. "Now I use an electronic cigarette," she told Parade.com. "I know it's ridiculous, but it's helping me not to actually smoke real cigarettes. You feel like you are smoking, and you get to exhale but it's just water vapor and not nicotine. I've been doing it for six months."
What would she tell her daughter Naleigh? The 'Life As We Know It' star uses practicality and humor, saying, "Smoking sucks! The one thing I would say to my kid is, 'It's not just that it's bad for you. 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?'"
Supermodel Christy Turlington reportedly used acupuncture after being diagnosed with early-stage emphysema. She now works with the CDC on behalf of the Celebrities Against Smoking campaign.
Recently on "Keeping up with the Kardashians," reality mom Kris Jenner was shamed by her daughters for her stinky habit. Kourtney refused to let her hold her grandson Mason unless she showered after smoking, daughter Kylie sprayed her with air freshener -- and the girls even doused her with water! They then planted Kendall outside with an herbal cigarette, in a ruse to let their mom catch her in the act. Kris went on a rampage until realizing she was set up. Once the young Kardashians proved their point, the matriarch went on Nicorette.
President Barack Obama also used the nicotine replacement gum, telling Ellen DeGeneres, "I've been chewing on this Nicorette, which tastes like you're chewing on ground pepper -- but it does help.''
Vince Vaughn told reporters he quit cold turkey back in 2005.
For famous parents, their offspring is a common thread when it comes to the decision to quit. "I quit smoking," Brad Pitt told W magazine. "[My kids were] the only thing that got me to quit. That was it. Done."
Catherine Zeta-Jones has also said she wants to quit smoking for the sake of her children.
Dad Johnny Depp has reportedly cut back on his smoking because he has two kids growing up fast. He's also been quoted as saying that his sword-fighting training on 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' led him to evoke a healthier lifestyle because the routine mentally made him want to be fit.
Ewan McGregor, who also has two kids, says the desire to quit outweighs any methodology. "What matters most with any regimen, whether it's to lose weight or stop drinking or smoking, is your willingness to seek help and your desire to say 'no more,'" the actor told Men's Health magazine. "The voice in your head that says 'I choose not to' is what ultimately makes the difference between not changing and making changes that last."