8 Celebrity Smoking Quotes ...


Last week, the FDA released a series of new warning labels for cigarettes and other tobacco products, causing quite a stir with the graphic images and stark warnings.

For decades, celebrities have come down on one side or the other about smoking, from gorgeous actresses Brooke Shields and Michelle Pfeiffer to famous writers Oscar Wilde and Kurt Vonnegut.

Exactly what do our favorite celebs have to say about smoking, one way or the other?

Here are 8 of my favorite celebrity smoking quotes.

1. Brooke Shields

Don’t get me wrong: I adore Brooke Shields. But while she was testifying before Congress about her role as a spokesperson for an anti-smoking campaign, at age 16, in 1981, she said something that goes down in history as perhaps one of the dumbest things a celebrity has ever said, one of my favorite celebrity smoking quotes. She said, “Smoking can kill you. And if you’ve been killed, you've lost a very important part of your life.” I shudder to think of all the dumb things I said when I was 16… but still…

2. Matt Lauer

This is one of my all-time favorite celebrity quotes, and it just so happens to be another celebrity smoking quote.

Matt Lauer, the hunky host of NBC’s Today Show, said during a broadcast: “Researchers have discovered that chocolate produces some of the same2

reactions in the brain as marijuana...

The researchers also discovered other similarities between the two, but can't remember what they are.” So he’s handsome AND clever!

I love it!

3. Arturo Toscanini

Toscanini, famed for his photographic memory as well as his intense conducting skill, once said, “I kissed my first girl and smoked my first cigarette on the same day.2

I haven't had time for tobacco since.” Smart man!2

4. Katharine Whitehorn

I adore Kathartine Whitehorn, and think of her as something of a role model.

She’s charming, witty, and an all-around “slovenly woman.” What did she once have to say about smoking?2

“There are some circles in America where it seems to be more socially acceptable to carry a hand-gun than a packet of cigarettes.” She’s right, of course — here in Michigan, we recently passed a law that makes it illegal to smoke in bars and restaurants, but I’m sure it’s still okay to carry a hand-gun.

For the record, I love the ban.

Oscar Wilde
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