Naomi Campbell Dishes On Using Hypnosis To Quit Smoking

By Keri Blakinger 01/11/17
The legendary supermodel has previously quit using cocaine and alcohol.
Naomi Campbell

Supermodel Naomi Campbell wants to hypnotize her way out of a smoking habit. The 46-year-old British beauty took to TV to dish on her latest efforts to break her last bad habit. 

“I still have a problem with smoking,” she said on a recent episode of The View. She’s already cut back, she said, and in the past, she’s tried nicotine patches. But since making quitting one of her 2017 resolutions, she’s started looking for more creative solutions. “I’m going back to the hypnotist,” she said. 

She didn’t offer much in the way of details, but co-host Whoopi Goldberg chimed in with her own quitting tips. “[It was] two kids I saw in a video, who have cystic fibrosis – children who can’t breathe – and the last thing this little boy said in this video I saw, was, ‘All I wanna do is breathe like a normal person,’” she said. “He was nine at the time, and I thought, ‘I spent 40 years smoking, and all this little boy wants to do is take a deep breath without fear. That did it for me.”

The Empire actress said she could relate. “There’s someone in my life that went through something similar quite recently too, so I know exactly what you mean,” she said.  

If she kicks the bad habit to the curb, it won’t be the first time she’s overcome a longtime vice. During her runway heyday, Campbell tried cocaine in 1994—and fell in love with it. "I think what is very scary about cocaine is that you start to feel too confident and you start to feel indispensable, although none of us are indispensable," she said in a 2004 interview. "You become short-tempered ... Your little charm goes. The little glow in your face goes."

Despite her turnaround, in the 2000s Campbell was in the news for her anger management problems. In 2006, she famously chucked her BlackBerry at her maid’s head, and two years later was arrested for assaulting two police officers at Heathrow Airport. 

But in 2013, she said she planned to follow a different path after cutting alcohol out of her life. "Not drinking makes me a lot happier,” she said, as The Fix previously reported. The alcohol-free Campbell would be less rage-prone, she said, adding that she planned to stay away from the limelight. 

"If people think they know me, they can think again," she said. "Most people think they know me because they say, 'We've seen your pictures here and there for years,' but when I'm not working or anything, I try to live a private, quiet life."

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Keri Blakinger is a former drug user and current reporter living in Texas. She covers breaking news for the Houston Chronicle and previously worked for the New York Daily News and the Ithaca Times. She has written about drugs and criminal justice for the Washington Post, Salon, Quartz and more. She loves dogs and is not impressed by rodeo food. Find Keri on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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