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Video: How Cher Helped Slash Quit Smoking


The former Guns N' Roses guitarist kicked his three-to-four-pack-a-day habit with a little help from another Raven-haired rock star.

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Former Guns N’ Roses lead guitarist Slash quit smoking five years ago—not with the patch or nicotine gum, but with a little help from fellow raven-haired rockstar, Cher.

In an interview with HuffPost Live (video below), the 49-year-old guitarist (nee Saul Hudson) says he was smoking three or four packs a day of the French cigarettes Gitanes and not even enjoying it. ”You get to a point where, with anything excessive… you’re doing it and you don’t even like it anymore, ” he says. “And you actually spend most of your time complaining about doing it, and you keep doing it.”

He finally hit rock bottom when he went to a Cher concert in Vegas and spent so much time outside smoking that he got pneumonia and missed out on most of the diva’s performance. After two weeks of forced abstinence while he recovered, he realized he was “over the hump” and hasn’t smoked since. Thanks heavens for Cher!

Slash is no stranger to kicking addictions, having been sober since seeking treatment for drug and alcohol addiction in 2006. Prior to that, he recently told the BBC, “it wasn’t that I had any kind of death wish per se, but I really took everything to the extreme and didn’t care.”