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The focus in this booklet is on encouraging men to consider the advantages to being a dad who does not smoke. Click the booklet to view the Resources page.


Extra! Extra! Read all about it… Here are just a few stories of men who have quit for themselves and their families!

Ewan McGregor quits for his family 

(21 May 2009) Scottish actor Ewan McGregor, 38, has another achievement under his belt: he quit smoking in 2007 and hasn’t smoked since.  And while he admits it wasn’t an easy thing for him to do, he committed to quitting out of his love for his wife and three daughters.  In a 2009 article in Men’s Health magazine, McGregor described how he came to the decision to quit: “I wasn’t someone who could smoke or drink in moderation, and I recognized that those things would kill me. I started visualizing the doctor telling me that I had cancer from smoking or that I was extremely ill because of how much I’d been drinking. What kind of regret would I have if I had to tell my children or my wife that I was dying because of something I could have done something about? I didn’t want to be that kind of man.”

Ben Affleck Opens up about Quitting Smoking

In 2008, actor/director Ben affleck teamed up with TV titan Oprah Winfrey to prompt viewers to stop smoking by talking about the reasons behind his decision to quit after 20 years.  Affleck appeared on the January 22, 2008 episode of her popular afternoon show which was aimed at helping those struggling to give up tobacco.  Affleck revealed that he once smoked a pack of cigarettes per day and it became “part of who I was.” All that changed when he found out he was going to be a dad.  Affleck said, “I finally decided to quit smoking when I was gonna have a child.  That was the thing that sort of put it over the top for me.”  Affleck recalled, “My last cigarette was on November 10th, 2005.  I feel a huge difference in my health now that I don’t smoke.  I feel like I’m in better shape than I was five years ago.”

Robbie Williams to Quit Smoking 

(2 March 2010) British popstar Robbie Williams has committed to quit smoking in order to get healthier and start a family.  According to the Sun online, Robbie has already been successful in reducing the number of cigarettes he smokes per day, from 60 to 10.  Robbie does not smoke inside his Los Angeles mansion in a bid to help him reduce his habit even more.  His fiancee, Ayda Field, is support of his decision to quit and supports him whenever he needs it.


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