Jennifer Aniston and Other Celebrities That Quit Smoking

Jennifer Aniston wants everyone to know that she hasn’t gained weight because she’s pregnant – the actress has been packing on the pounds because she quit smoking. So did she do it for new beaux Justin Theroux? Maybe, but there’s always the chance that she tossed her cigs because she’s hoping to get pregnant and wants her body to be all detoxified for a baby.

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Jennifer Aniston arrives at ELLE's 18th Annual Women in Hollywood Tribute held at the Four Seasons Hotel on Oct. 17, 2011 in Los Angeles, Calif. In a recent interview, Aniston told Britain's Hello! Magazine that she "gained a couple pounds" since she quit smoking. Aniston had pledged to quit smoking as early as 2002, but as recently as last year she was still lighting up.

Or maybe Jen finally quit smoking because she knows it’s bad for her. She did try to quit at least once before by using the power of yoga, which evidently didn’t do the trick. So hopefully this time she’s really done with the cancer sticks. And at least she’s got plenty of celebrity inspiration to stay strong – here’s a look at a few other stars who have managed to quit smoking:

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck

A baby is what inspired Ben to quit smoking. When his wife Jennifer Garner was pregnant with their daughter Violet, he decided that it was time to give up his 20 year smoking habit. His old buddy Matt referred him to the same hypnotist that helped him quit, and now both pals have quit puffing their lives away. And of course this is great news for their fans – the actors are about to team up for a Whitey Bulger biopic, so being smoke-free will ensure that they’ll have many more opportunities to work together in the future.

David Arquette and Courteney Cox

This former couple also decided to use a special kind of therapy to help them give up cigarettes. Together they visited Yefim “The Mad Russian” Shubentsov in Boston, and he used “energy” to help them kick their habit. But unfortunately David has been spotted smoking since, so his energy level is probably not as high as it could be as he competes on “Dancing with the Stars.”

Brad Pitt

But he’s not the only celebrity dad who has found it hard to quit smoking. Back in 2009 Brad stated that he had quit for his kids, but he’s since admitted that he sneaks a cig every now and then (it sounds like Angelina Jolie isn’t a fan of his secret smoke breaks). So does this make Brad a bad dad? Perhaps not, but we’d feel a lot better if he would completely quit (he might have given up Aniston, but he can’t seem to kill the craving they shared).

Mel Gibson

According to Access Hollywood, Mel said this about quitting smoking early last year: “”The first three days, you’re an axe murderer. Day four, well, you might take a bat to someone. Day five? You’re OK… It’s really tough.” Hmmm…was this violent imagery foreshadowing of his ugly outbursts to come?

Ashton Kutcher

Ashton gave up his 40-a-day habit for wife Demi Moore by reading the self-help book “The Easy Way to Stop Smoking.” However, he was happy that he got to keep puffing away while he read the manual – basically he was smoking while trying to quit smoking (sounds like he was committed to quitting smoking the same way he’s been committed to his marriage). Now if he could only give up his other unhealthy habit – having unprotected sex with women that aren’t his wife.

Gwyneth Paltrow

And maybe there’s something to all that GOOP in Gwynnie’s brain – she gave up smoking through sheer willpower alone before Apple was born (but she obviously got just a little too health-crazy after putting the cancer sticks down, as evidenced by her daughter’s name).

So hopefully Jen doesn’t fall off the wagon again, and even though she did admit that quitting made her gain weight, maybe she’ll inspire some other celebrities to also stop smoking (we’re looking at you, Lindsay Lohan).

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