Restaurateur and MasterChef Joe Bastianich knows firsthand how difficult it is to give up cigarettes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the food service industry has the second highest incidence of smokers, and Joe says the business made it even more difficult for him to quit.
Joe says the temptation for his next cigarette was always around the corner, but because smoking affects taste and smell, two key senses needed in the food industry, Joe made the decision to quit smoking. He has been able to stay smoke-free for the past 15 years.
Now Joe's on a mission to help smokers and other chefs who made the New Year's resolution to stop smoking. He's doing it, by sharing his personal story and tips on what helped him quit after an 18-year, 2.5-pack-a-day habit.
Each new year, people pledge to make healthy lifestyle changes, and for many, that change may be to stop smoking. Statistics show 70% of smokers want to kick the habit, and about half of them will try to quit annually. Quitting smoking was the 7th most-made resolution in 2012.
Joe says if you really want to stop smoking, he suggests developing an exercise routine you can stick with. He says you should also identify and eliminate any "smoking moments" in your life, such as having a cigarette with your morning coffee or when out with friends. Then learn how to cope with the physical and psychological aspects of smoking addiction. He also says it's helpful to have as much support from friends and family members as you can get.
Joe Bastianich is a restaurateur who along with partners Mario Batali and Lidia Bastianich opened 23 restaurants worldwide. Those restaurants include Babbo and Del Posto in New York, Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza in Los Angeles, and the famed Italian marketplace Eataly New York. Joe has authored two books on Italian wine, as well as his memoir, Restaurant Man, a New York Times best seller, which was released in May 2012. He is currently a judge on FOX's reality TV hit, "MasterChef", and on Sky's "MasterChef Italia."
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