Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones has given up the cigarettes, making way for many more years of life to live. This comes after beating alcohol addiction and even the likes of Heroin.
Unless you’re Ozzy Osbourne or Keith Richards, addiction often takes the lives of many rock stars in their younger years, taking them from us much too soon. Keith Richards, however, doesn’t want to abuse his apparent immortality, and has decided to finally quit smoking. Now that nothing stands in his way, he might just outlive us all.
Outside of playing guitar in one of the most legendary music groups of all time, Richards is also known for his battles with drugs and alcohol, especially early in his career. It’s honestly an absolute shock the man is still alive, but hey — we’re very thankful he is. He’s 76 years old and is still kicking ass while touring with the Rolling Stones.
Luckily, the rocker has dropped another one of his vices, as he revealed in a new interview with Q104.3 [via NME] that he quit smoking and hasn’t touched a cigarette since this past October. “I think both Mick [Jagger] and I felt that on the last tour we were just getting going,” he explained. “[We]’ve got to continue this.”
The guitarist first admitted that he was trying to quit about a year ago in an interview with Mojo Magazine, but noted that it’s even more difficult to stay away from cigarettes than heroin. “Quitting heroin is like hell, but it’s a short hell. Cigarettes are just always there, and you’ve always done it. I just pick ’em up and light ’em up without thinking about it,” he said.
In addition to cutting off nicotine, Richards has also been open about his decrease in alcohol consumption.
You can catch him Cigarette-free touring with the Rolling Stones this year.
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Watch the Noisey interview with Keith Richards below.