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09/17/2014 02:06 pm ET Updated Sep 17, 2014

Slash Says Going To A Cher Concert Helped Him Quit Smoking

Ex-smokers all have their reasons for putting down the cigarettes and former Guns N' Roses lead guitarist Slash says his is, well, Cher.

The rock 'n' roll legend spoke with HuffPost Live's Marc Lamont Hill about his most recent album, "World On Fire," and also addressed why he quit smoking five years ago. He said that at the time he was smoking three or four packs a day of French cigarettes Gitanes (oh la la).

"You get to a point where, with anything excessive ... you're doing it and you don't even like it anymore, " Slash said. "And you actually spend most of your time complaining about doing it, and you keep doing it, which is pathetic."

He said his "catalyst" was when he went to a Cher concert in Vegas. He explained:

I kept going outside to smoke during the whole show, and the next morning I had pneumonia .... So, I was in bed for a couple of weeks and I couldn't breathe, let alone smoke. And at the end of the two weeks, I had the ... Gitanes on the nightstand and the lighter and I was all excited to get my first smoke in and I thought, 'Oh man, if I was thinking about quitting smoking ... I'm over the hump.' So I haven't smoked since.

Slash did clarify, however, that he still gets his nicotine fix using supplements.

Watch the full interview with the legendary Slash here.

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