Country music singer Willie Nelson, 86, has quit smoking cannabis due to it effecting his breathing in a negative way.
“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,” Nelson said in an interview with KSAT-TV on Friday. “I don’t smoke anymore. I take better care of myself today.”
Nelson has a history of emphysema and pneumonia according to Rolling Stone and started smoking cigarettes at a young age. The singer, who runs his own marijuana company, Willie’s Reserve, sells cannabis in flower, vape cartridge and edible form. Nelson did not reveal how he consumes weed now.
Willie Nelson’s publicist, Elaine Schock told USA TODAY that he continues to use cannabis, but did not say in what way. Nelson still stands beside the benefits of cannabis, telling Rolling Stone in April that marijuana saved his life.