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Making Smoke-Free Whoopi on ‘The View’

October 7, 2007 9:00 PM

"The View’s" ratings are smokin’ with the additions of moderator Whoopi Goldberg and comedian-actress Sherri Shepherd to veterans Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. However, Ms. Goldberg doesn’t want to smoke anymore, so on Oct. 15 the show is launching a weekly series, "Whoopi’s Kickin’ Butts." Viewers will hear her talk about her habit, explore different stop-smoking plans and techniques, learn what smoking does to the body and mark the Great American Smokeout on Nov. 15. Gee, it seems like just yesterday that Ms. Goldberg did a segment on products she can’t live without. One was an odor killer that so effectively removed the smell of smoke that people often were surprised to learn she was a smoker. "The View" was second only to CBS’ "The Young & the Restless" in 18- to 49-year-old viewers—its best competitive ranking ever—mdash;according to Nielsen data for the week of Sept. 24. "The View" posted its best scores since Rosie O’Don­nell’s final week in May in total viewers (3.68 million), women 18-34 (397,000) and women 18-49 (1.03 million). Year-to-year, last week it was up 14 percent in total viewers, 8 percent in women 18-34 and 1 percent in women 18-49.
—Michele Greppi

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Mary:

Hello Whoopi,

I have been a fan of yours for years!! And I have never written to a star before. I felt compelled to write when I saw you were going to try and stop smoking. It is simple...You love your family, friends, children..grandchildren. You have to stop. I have just turned 35 my parent's smoked the entire time I was growing up and I have just completed chemo, radiation, and have had a breast removed. Out of the 5 of us girls (I am the oldest and we only have girls) 2 of us have had cancer. I won't bore you with statistics but that is MY family. My sister had cancer when she was 23. My next question is how will you feel then your grandchild is diagnosed with cancer? If that is not enough to wake you up then nothing will. Aren't your grandchildren worth it? No one can stop you but you... SO you need to find whatever you need to stay away from that habit. When you find what is worth it to you...you will stop.

Thank you for your time..Mary Batts

Mary:

Hello Whoopi,

I have been a fan of yours for years!! And I have never written to a star before. I felt compelled to write when I saw you were going to try and stop smoking. It is simple...You love your family, friends, children..grandchildren. You have to stop. I have just turned 35 my parent's smoked the entire time I was growing up and I have just completed chemo, radiation, and have had a breast removed. Out of the 5 of us girls (I am the oldest and we only have girls) 2 of us have had cancer. I won't bore you with statistics but that is MY family. My sister had cancer when she was 23. My next question is how will you feel then your grandchild is diagnosed with cancer? If that is not enough to wake you up then nothing will. Aren't your grandchildren worth it? No one can stop you but you... SO you need to find whatever you need to stay away from that habit. When you find what is worth it to you...you will stop.

Thank you for your time..Mary Batts

Karen Berg:

Hello Whoop, I am a former smoker, smoked for 45 years, am 63 at present. Like you, tried to quit many times. It has now been about 2.5 years. Husband and I quit together. He went cold turkey, I used "Commit" as a crutch for a few weeks. Lozenges. Tasted like crap, but got me over some rough times, you know. I am at present able to get through a day without thinking about a cigarette. Most former smokers say they still think about it at times, even 30 yrs later. I know that I can never light up again. I would go right back to smoking. I, at one time smoked 1 pack to 1 1/2 packs aday. Last few years, down to 10 a day. Am retired now, took up reading and of course the "View" is a part of my day. Appointments are always scheduled around the show! I wish you only the best. I love that you are on the show. I was impressed with Hillary today too.

Karen

joyce:

hi woppe,i really think acupuncture helps,it will get you started, with this ugly habbit, some of us chooseto do, im one of them.any one that has a bad habbit, needs a little help, dont you think? its not easy,accupuncture really helps, and you can go back, for a few treatments,very inexpensive, you wont even be able to stand the smell of smoke,after acc.do just before you are going to stop, and admitt to it(that you had acc.)we need a little help. by for now,(you are a great add. to the view,)joyce, from windsor ontario,canada

Sharon Sanford:

Whoopi, When you are in Central New York, we can chat. . . I live in Ithaca. Today is my 2 week anniversary for quitting. I am 57 years old, and finally realize that this is something I need to do for me. Good luck! Drink lots of water!

april:

Whoopi -- just seen the view and you pick a method to quit smoking. i quit 40 days ago today. the method i used was chantix. this is a miracle drug. i would recommend it to everyone and anyone who wants to quit smoking. i did try the wellbutrin a few years back. the pills did nothing to help the urge to quit. when you take chantix you have no need, urge, want to smoke. it is great. i took the Rx for 3 weeks and didn't have the need to take it after that. i am smoke free for 40 days. it is a little hard at times not to smoke but the feeling leaves as quickly as it comes. good luck

tannis:

hi whoopie, i have been watching you get ready to quit, myself i have quit 3 times already for 6 months at a time, today i quit for the fourth time, as i just turned 40 last sunday i know i must do this. my auntie debbie died of lung cancer at age 43 it was traumatic as she was very beautiful and young with 3 children the ages of my children at this time, good luck i am going the distance this time it is a worthless thing to be doing to our bodies, i want to stay as young as i can for a long time yet, and be around for my husband and kids, just keep thinking of how people look when they smoke , how they smell, and the poison you are taking into your body needlessly, and think that you are stronger than that, you have accomplished alot in your life this is just if not more important than any of those other accomplishments.

good luck

all the best

KAREN:

Hello again Whoopi,

Love your commomsense input on The View. I think the four of you make such a good mix.

The smoking thing.... Do try the Commit lozenge if you haven't tried it. It helped me over the bad times for a few weeks. Do not smoke at all if you use them. Even after a few months of not using any, I would take a lozenge to take the edge off if it was a choice of that or smoke a cigarette. It has been almost 2 years since my last drag, (I thought it was 3 years at one point!) I am only writing to you because I know how difficult it is. I did not think I would ever do it, but I did. At one point I said if I live to be 85, I will take it up again. Now I am not so sure. The thought of not being able to breathe scares the heck out of me.

Good luck in 2008!

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