The United States has come a long way over the past 100 years or so when it comes to cracking down on smoking socially. It used to be considered one of the coolest things a person could do, and everyone admired the glamorous movie stars that so frequently showed off their expensive cigarettes. However, we now know of the damaging health concerns that smoking causes - both with short and long-term usage. Many people in the United States suffer from being addicted to smoking and struggle to quit.
Celebrities are not immune to this. While as a culture the United States now looks down on smoking, some of our favorite celebrities still struggle with the habit. Unlike kids today, they weren't raised thinking that smoking was one of the worst things you could do for your body. Well, at least most of them weren't. There are a few younger people who you'd think would have gotten the message.
That being said, many also have redemptive and inspiring stories of how and why they have quit -- spoiler alert: they quit for their health. No one wants to end up with half the problems smoking causes.
We have created a list of celebrities who are or have been avid smokers.
Will you be surprised at who is on this list?
Did you know...
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