For a very long time, Willie Nelson has been associated with his marijuana smoking but the country crooner has given it up now.
The country music legend has said that he stopped smoking marijuana after 65 years. Nelson is 86-years old today which means he lit his first joint at 21.
“I don’t smoke anymore. I take better care of myself today than I did then,” he said. Nelson admitted during a TV interview in San Antonio that due to ongoing health and breathing issues, he no longer smokes marijuana.
“I have abused my lungs quite a bit in the past, so breathing is a little more difficult these days and I have to be careful. I’ve mistreated myself since I was this big,” the singer explained, motioning toward the ground. “I started out smoking cedar bark and it went from that to cigarettes, to whatever. And that almost killed me.”
Elaine Schock, Nelson’s publicist, said Nelson still uses cannabis in other ways.
Nelson had cancelled 6 shows this past summer on his concert tour over “breathing issues.” The singer doesn’t plan on stopping touring anytime soon and already has dates lined up for 2020.