25 Athletes Who Quit Smoking

We all know that smoking has terrible health repercussions, such as emphysema, lung cancer, and heart problems. These former athletes quit smoking to save their lives–and their careers. Several famous MLB players, boxers, and golfers have quit smoking. Some of these athletes quit smoking after photos of them enjoying a cigarette surfaced, while others quit after decades of public smoking. One famous boxer quit after losing an important fight.

Who is the most famous athlete who quit smoking? Alex Rodriguez tops our list. Alex Rodriguez quit smoking, but he still enjoys the occasional cigar. Tom Brady quit smoking after being caught with a cigarette in 2009. He also issued a public apology at that time. In the late-1980s, Keith Hernandez reportedly smoked two packs of cigarettes a day. He reportedly quit in the 1990s.

Ricardo Mayorga reportedly quit smoking after being knocked out by Shane Mosley in 2008. Ángel Cabrera quit smoking in 2007. He said, “I smoked because I wanted to and because I was addicted. It was a bad habit, not an aid on the course. Quitting has had no effect on my game.” Bill Parcells quit smoking after he was diagnosed with heart problems.

Alex Rodriguez

Yankees star Alex Rodriguez quit smoking, but he still enjoys the occasional cigar.

Tom Brady

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady quit smoking after being caught with a cigarette in 2009. He also issued a public apology at that time.

Randy Moss

NFL legend Randy Moss claimed that he quit smoking pot in 2006.

Lionel Messi

Soccer star Lionel Messi joined a campaign to quit smoking in 2013.

Kevin Durant

OKC Thunder star Kevin Durant doesn’t smoke cigarettes, but he has been known to smoke a hookah and enjoy cigars in his downtime.

Anna Kournikova

Anna Kournikova was spotted smoking as recently as 2009, but as of 2010 she was condemning the habit in interviews.

Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane quit smoking and was even a part of an anti-smoking campaign in 2002, but he was spotted smoking in 2006.

Keith Hernandez

In the late-1980s, Keith Hernandez reportedly smoked two packs of cigarettes a day. He reportedly quit in the 1990s.

Mario Barwuah Balotelli

Mario Barwuah Balotelli is reportedly a former smoker.

Bill Parcells

Bill Parcells quit smoking after he was diagnosed with heart problems.

Roger Maris

Roger Maris used to smoke three packs a day, but after 20 years of smoking, he quit in the 1970s.

Arnold Palmer

Arnold Palmer quit smoking in 1970. He is very proud of that achievement.

Ben Hogan

Ben Hogan quit smoking after undergoing an appendectomy.

Jayna Hefford

Jayna Hefford apologized for smoking a cigar on the ice after winning a gold medal at the Olympics.

Meghan Agosta-Marciano

Meghan Agosta-Marciano apologized for smoking a cigar on the ice after winning a gold medal at the Olympics.

Dion Phaneuf

Dion Phaneuf never admitted to smoking, but a photo did surfaced of him enjoying a cigarette. After speaking out vehemently against smoking, it is safe to assume that the NHL player kicked the habit.

Dave Parker

Dave Parker was seen smoking during games when he played in the MLB, but he quit in 1989.

Dick Allen

Dick Allen was known to be a chain smokier, but reportedly kicked the habit later in life.

Ashley Cole

In 2014, Ashley Cole quit smoking. He also encouraged Jack Wilshere to quit saying, “Of course I am not condoning smoking. We don’t want smoking. I have smoked before, I have stopped.”

Stan Mikita

Stan Mikita reportedly quit smoking later in life.

Willie Davis

Willie Davis reportedly quit smoking later in life.

Ricardo Mayorga

Ricardo Mayorga reportedly quit smoking after being knocked out by Shane Mosley in 2008.

Ángel Cabrera

Ángel Cabrera quit smoking in 2007. He said, “I smoked because I wanted to and because I was addicted. It was a bad habit, not an aid on the course. Quitting has had no effect on my game.”

Darren Clarke

Darren Clarke has reportedly quit smoking on at least three occasions. The only problem is that he always seems to fall right back into the habit.

Ian Woosnam

Ian Woosnam quit smoking in 2009. He admitted to gaining weight after he stopped smoking.

Spencer Levin

After gaining a reputation for being a chain smoker, Spencer Levin quit smoking in 2012. Of the habit, he said, “I don’t even think about it anymore. That’s history.”

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