‘I Don’t Smoke Anymore’: Wille Nelson Gives Up Marijuana For Health Reasons

SAN ANTONIO (CBSDFW.COM) – Country music legend Willie Nelson says he’s stopped smoking pot — 65 years after he rolled his first joint.

“I don’t smoke anymore. I take better care of myself today than I did then,” he said.

The 86-year-old Texan says, due to ongoing health and breathing issues, he no longer smokes marijuana.

In a candid TV interview in San Antonio, Nelson admitted that years of smoking weed has taken a toll on him.

“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 said motioning toward the ground. “I started out smoking cedar bark and it went from that to cigarettes, to whatever. And that almost killed me.”