Keith Richards quits smoking


The Rolling Stones guitarist, whose body was already a marvel of human endurance, has finally quit smoking. Richards, 76, told Q104.3 New York’s Jim Kerr that he’s been cigarette-free since October.

“Done that, been there,” said Richards, who’s previously been on record as saying he found smoking harder to quit than heroin.

While the length and breadth of Richards’ toxicology has been well-documented, he seems to have finally aged into a proper British pensioner: He said at the end of 2018 that he’d pretty much “pulled the plug” on drinking — though he still enjoys a glass of wine or a beer — and finds today’s drugs “not interesting,” describing them as “very institutionalized and bland” in a March 2018 interview.

The Stones are kicking off their aptly-named “No Filter” in May. “I think both Mick [Jagger] and I felt that on the last tour we were just getting going,” Richards said. “… [We]’ve got to continue this.”

Jagger, for his part, underwent a heart valve procedure in April 2019 where doctors put in a stent to support at least one of his arteries. The group stopped touring for a few months, resuming in June.

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