Celebs and Smoking: Who Quit and Who's Still Trying?

Cold turkey, hypnotism, nicotine-replacement therapies -- find out which path 27 stars took to kick the habit (27 Photos)

Melissa F. Pheterson on Aug 15, 2011 at 3:59PM

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Celebs and Smoking: Who Quit and Who's Still Trying?

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Jennifer Aniston

When she quit: The former Friends star attempted to break it off with cigarettes four years ago as part of a drastic detox to cleanse her entire system, but she has admitted to puffing the occasional cigarette at night.

How she quit: To help tame her smoking addiction, Aniston reportedly turned to a yoga workout called Yogalosophy that taps into the connection between mind, body and emotion. “It completely changed my life,” she’s said. “It’s one of the most fun workouts I ever had.”

Our expert’s take: Yes, cigarettes are toxic -- with every puff, Aniston inhaled carcinogens like benzene and arsenic -- but cleanses “are not recommended treatments for addiction,” says Healton. (Quitting itself is a detox of sorts, since carbon monoxide levels in the blood drop to normal in 12 hours.) “Exercise like yoga, on the other hand, is a great way to reduce stress and prevent weight gain associated with quitting smoking,” she says, although studies show that most smokers gain less than 10 pounds after they quit. Between one third and one half of lifelong smokers will die from a smoking-related disease. Women who quit in their mid-30s increase their life expectancy by six to seven years.

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