updated 10/04/2010 AT 3:10 PM ET
•originally published 10/04/2010 AT 4:05 PM ET
Katherine Heigl is finally letting go of her biggest bad habit.
To set a good example for her 20 month-old daughter, Naleigh, she is going to quit smoking. But the process hasn’t been easy – so she’s resorting to interesting ways of curbing her cravings.
“Now I use an electronic cigarette. I know it’s ridiculous, but it’s helping me not to actually smoke real cigarettes,” the actress tells Parade.com. “I’ve been doing it for six months. Smoking sucks!”
She adds: “The one thing I would say to my kid is, ‘It’s not just that it’s bad for you. Do you want to spend the rest of your life fighting a stupid addiction to a stupid thing that doesn’t even really give you a good buzz?’ ”