The risks of smoking are well established, which is probably why around 45 percent of U.S. smokers attempted to quit in the past year, according to the American Lung Association.
Unfortunately, quitting smoking doesn't always end with the last cigarette. It's a lifelong battle — even for the rich and famous. Click through to find out which celebrities have struggled to stay smoke free over the years.More
Anne Hathaway started "smoking very heavily" in 2008 on the set of Rachel Getting Married, quit for four years, and then picked it up again while producing Song One. She gave up the habit again in 2015, telling The New York Times Magazine that "It's easy to romanticize it when you haven't done it in a while, but it's actually pretty disgusting." The 32-year-old has spoken in favor of vaporizer cigarettes as an alternative: "I don't judge the vape," she said. "I know some people who used to be three-pack-a-day smokers, and I'd much prefer them having the vape. I don't want to give them any excuse not to vape."
Talk show host Kelly Ripa was a smoker in her early 20s but gave up the habit after having kids, telling Shape, "The best gift I could give myself and ultimately my family was to stop smoking." Her method? Exercising five times a week: "It was a matter of replacing one ritual with another."
"Quitting smoking is difficult because it's both a chemical addiction to nicotine and a very strong habit (for example, a cigarette with morning coffee)," says Norman Edelman, MD, senior scientific advisor to the American Lung Association. "People have to develop strategies to change their bad habit prompts and substitute healthy habits such as morning exercise."