After 43 long years of smoking, that’s 630,000 cigarettes according to him, Jeremy Clarkson is attempting to kick the habit. He was warned by doctors during his sever bout of pneumonia that he was putting his life in unnecessary danger if he kept it up – so he did something about it.
“I was told by everyone that I had to stop. Immediately,’ he wrote in his Sunday Times Column. “I had no choice at the time because the blood poisoning was so bad and I was so racked with the resultant rigors that I couldn’t work a cigarette lighter.”
He then jokes about how people wanted him to go running or swimming. He states how he was invited to swim at the South coast. “Swimming? In the English Channel? I’m off the fags for Christ’s sake. I haven’t gone mad.
“Swimming in British waters is something you should consider only if your Spitfire has been shot down.”
He’s even been told to give up drinking! That may be pushing it too far, but he offered some sturdy advice for others who are trying to stop smoking themselves.
He told them to go to places where smoking wasn’t allowed, like the cinema, or Australia – smoking is banned in public places in the kangaroo country.
It’s been a month since he last picked up a cigarette. He has even pushed it to the point where he’s sat outside with smokers in their cloud of smoke and still not given in to the pleasure of a cigarette.
He writes “In short, on the three-quarters of a million fags have not harmed me in any way. I have quite litteraly defined medical science.”
And we’re very glad for that fact – we’re not sure what we’d do if The Grand Tour trio was reduced to a duo, but it’s safe to say, we’d all be devastated.