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Dale Earnhardt Jr. weighs in on his vices of the past Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images
DOVER, DE - JUNE 03: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway on June 3, 2017 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

When it comes to being in the public eye, many celebrities will do everything in their power to uphold a squeaky-clean image. Others, on the other hand, will openly admit to having a weakness for drugs, alcohol or any other addictive substance.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. falls into the latter camp.

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The NASCAR driver, who will retire from full-time competition in the Monster Energy Cup Series at the end of 2017, is not afraid to admit that he used to smoke cigarettes. Although he can happily say that he has kicked the habit, he’ll let you know that it was hard for him to quit.

On July 21, the 42-year-old North Carolina native took to Twitter, opening up about his struggle with smoking.

“A long time ago. I used Chantix. Third time was the charm,” he tweeted out to his more than 2 million followers in response to a fan question about whether he had quit.

He then went on to say that even though the medicine gave him “vivid dreams,” it also made him despise the smell of cigarettes.

“Chantix made me hate them and the smell of them. Can’t be around it,” he wrote.

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Despite Dale Jr.’s past smoking habit, he, luckily, never had trouble with chewing tobacco.

“I [tried] once when I was in high school. Sick as a dog for 10 hours. Never made another attempt,” he admitted, also in response to a fan question.

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We love your honesty, Dale Jr. We also applaud your strength and determination!

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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