Simon Cowell starts treatment at addiction clinic to kick his 15 a day cigarette habit

Simon Cowell starts treatment at addiction clinic to kick his 15 a day cigarette habit

Simon Cowell has started treatment at an addiction clinic to beat his 15-plus a day cigarette habit.

The music mogul, 52, who has admitted he started smoking at age eight, is seeking help at the top London facility after friends and family begged him to stop smoking, it has been revealed.

He has a family history of lung cancer, The People reported.

Unhealthy: Simon Cowell, pictured in St Barts last week, is seeking treatment to stop smoking

Unhealthy: Simon Cowell, pictured in St Barts last week, is seeking treatment to stop smoking

A source told ther paper: 'Simon made it his New Year resolution.

'He’s been smoking since a very young age and feels the time is now right to try and stop.

'He has no major health issues at the moment but, as always, he is under a lot of pressure with his work schedule.

'Simon’s mother and some of his closest friends have been nagging him
for some time about trying to stop smoking. His grandfather Robert was a
heavy smoker who died of lung cancer. His father suffered a heart
attack.

'It’s made Simon think long and hard about his own health now.'

Looking for a star: Simon pictured yesterday during auditions for Britain's Got Talent

Looking for a star: Simon pictured yesterday during auditions for Britain's Got Talent

But the millionaire idol, who is busy with Britain's Got Talent auditions, said last year: 'I genuinely still love smoking. I equate smoking with
having a good time.

'I shouldn’t be saying this, but, well, they’re not illegal, are they After sex – amazing.'

He is often pictured aboard is yacht, lazing in the sun with a cigarette in his moth.

His mother Julie, 87, has said: 'My father Robert was a heavy smoker like Simon and he died of lung cancer at the age of 62.'

Simon's spokesman Max Clifford told the newspaper yesterday: 'Simon is a very healthy guy who looks after himself diet-wise
very well.

'But he has made a New Year’s resolution to give up, or at least significantly cut back, on his smoking.'