Rolling Stone Keith Richards finally tries to quit smoking aged 75 after branding habit ‘useless’

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ROLLING Stone Keith Richards is finally trying to quit smoking at the age of 75.

The Jumping Jack Flash guitarist is famous for chewing a cigarette while performing — but now wants to kick the “useless habit”.

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Rolling Stones star Keith Richards shocks with his claim to quit smoking at 75[/caption]

Keith, who has been warned over onstage smoking, admitted “nicotine was harder to quit than heroin”.

He said: “Quitting heroin is like hell, but it’s a short hell. I mean, the actual process.

“Cigarettes are just always there, and you’ve always done it.

“I just pick ’em up and light ’em up without thinking about it.

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The rocker is known to ignore strict non-smoking rules on stages[/caption]

“But lately in fact, spread the news, I’ve managed to cut it down by a substantial amount every day, and I’m still working on it.

“Because I realised I don’t need it. I realised it’s just a useless habit. But hey, when you’re 75, habits are pretty ingrained.”

He quit heroin in 1978 after his fifth arrest, and cocaine in 2006 after he fell from a tree and needed brain surgery.

Keith also claimed his New Year’s resolution was to cut down on hard liquor, after December was “one long party”. The star — who guest edits this month’s MOJO Magazine — added: “I’ve knocked the hard stuff on the head.


“I have a little wine with meals, and a Guinness or a beer or two, but otherwise…no. It’s like heroin — the experiment is over.

“Mind you, if I meet you in a bar and you say, ‘Do you want a drink?’ — I wouldn’t turn it down! I’m not a puritan in these matters. It’s just that it’s not on the daily menu.”

Keith last year flouted the strict no- smoking rule at the London Stadium in Stratford by lighting up on stage.

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