The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 42 million people in the United States currently smoke cigarettes, even though smoking increases a person's risk of heart disease, stroke, and cancer. Despite these risks, however, quitting can be extremely challenging. When it comes to giving up cigarettes, famous people experience the same struggles as everyone else. The following celebrities have not only found ways to quit but managed to remain tobacco-free for years (and sometimes decades). Take a closer look at what finally worked for them — and consider giving their techniques for stopping a try.
President Barack Obama
President Obama struggled to quit smoking during his 2008 campaign. He had taken up the habit as a teenager and didn’t successfully kick it until 2011, according to reports from the White House and Obama’s personal physician. Although he was finally able to quit, it wasn’t easy. The president has acknowledged that he still gets the urge to smoke now and then and that he sometimes chews nicotine gum to help quell the craving.