During the recent interview with WTF Witch Marc Maron, Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash has revealed story about how he quit smoking 10 years ago.
“I quit smoking nine years ago, almost 10 years ago,” Slash told “WTF With Marc Maron. When I did it, I had pneumonia, and pneumonia is what helped me quit smoking. That, and I saw Cher the night before, and that’s when I caught the pneumonia. So Cher helped me quit smoking.
Anyway, I couldn’t smoke. I tried — I couldn’t breathe — so I had two weeks on my back. So I quit, and then I used the patch to sort of get the edge off. Then I started doing the snus [smokeless tobacco] thing, and I was doing that for years. My significant other talked me out of doing it, and so I started doing the [nicotine] gum. And I sleep with the gum.”
Slash also talked about how his mother’s death -from lung cancer- affected him. He said that it’s not difficult to give up smoking once his mother lost her battle with cancer.
“She (his mother) was one of those smokers that always said, ‘I’m gonna quit one day,’. But while she was in the hospital, I would literally sit with her, go outside and smoke a cigarette, come back and sit with her. And then the Cher thing happened, and that’s when I said, ‘You know what?'”
“I had to leave for every song and go outside and smoke. And I think I’d worn myself down from smoking so much, and Cher just took me over the top. Every time she revisited one of those periods [during the concert]…
She had a closet on stage and she’d go in the closet and she’d come out and she’d be the Indian. Every single thing that she’s been over her career… When she started with the Sonny & Cher thing, it just killed me — I couldn’t take it. So I would smoke… I just didn’t have any fond memories of that show or any of the other stuff.”
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