I spent Sh20 million on Cigarettes – Singer Gilad opens up on quitting smoking after 30 years

Sh20 million on cigarettes!

Gilad Millo with singer Tsedenia Gebre. I spent Sh20 million on Cigarettes – Singer Gilad opens up on quitting smoking after 30 years

Singer and former Diplomat Gilad Millo has disclosed that he spent Sh20 million on buying cigarettes.

The Unajua singer in an interview with Betty Kyallo opened up on cigarette addiction saying that he was a heavy smoker for more than 30 years.

During this time, he smoked more than 40 cigarettes every single day, adding that he experienced challenges when it came to taking a flight of stairs.

He also disclosed that he could organize meetings in places he was allowed to smoke, otherwise he wouldn’t concentrate in the meetings.

I was not a big drinker and it’s not like a while I quit. I still have like beer or wine every once in a while. It used to be like you’d go out so you drink. I don’t do that anymore. But the reason behind it more was the quitting of smoking. I used to smoke cigarettes, I got up to two packets a day for 30 years. There’s 20 cigarettes in a pack, so I’d smoke over 40 cigarettes a day for 30 plus years I smoked on and off. I don’t think there’s anything worse for you in this world like smoking, it’s a killer. Back then I would go upstairs breathing, coughing, you know you wake up every morning cough and such and it’s a very difficult life. I would plan meeting only in places where I could have a cigarette. Otherwise I couldn’t even concentrate on the meeting. Today it’s like being born again,” narrated Gilad.

Turning point

Gilad pointed out that his quitting journey began when he visited his mother in Israel and she paid for a seminar that saw him become the man he is today.

According to him, he never saw himself without smoking even for a single day.

My mum was forever on my case for smoking and one time I visited Israel and she was like ‘my gift I’m treating you to this seminar, I’m paying you just go’ and I said mum you’re wasting your money I’ll never quit… we calculated when I did the seminar and in my lifetime I spent approximately 15-20 million on cigarettes. Do the math, 30 years of buying this poison, I ended up spending a house,” he added.


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