John Mellencamp - Mellencamp Doubts He'll Ever Give Up Smoking
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Rocker JOHN MELLENCAMP has resigned himself to live the rest of his life as a smoker because he's been addicted to nicotine for so long, his health is "toast".
The veteran Jack & Diane hitmaker had promised to cut down on his habit in 2010 following his teenage son Speck's failed attempt to make his famous dad quit cigarettes in 2009.
Mellencamp reveals his children have since eased up the pressure to kick his addiction for good and he's sure any efforts to give up nicotine are a waste of time - because he's smoked so many cigarettes during his 59 years, the damage to his lungs is already done.
He says, "I think they're annoyed that their dad's smoking. They're worrying about having to smell the second hand smoke (rather) than their dad smoking.
"About a year ago, a guy counted up how many cigarettes I'd smoked - over 650,000 cigarettes. So I'm toast. It's a little late to give up!"
The ageing star used to smoke four packs of cigarettes a day prior to his heart attack in 1994.