Willie Nelson says he quit smoking marijuana for health reasons

Willie Nelson (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

SAN ANTONIO (KSAT/CNN) - Country singer Willie Nelson said he's no longer smoking marijuana due to ongoing breathing issues.

The 86-year-old said smoking marijuana for years has taken its toll on his lungs.

"I have abused my lungs quite a bit in the past. So breathing is a little more difficult these days that I have to be careful, I've mistreated myself since I was this big,” Nelson said. “I started out smoking cedar bark and it went from that to cigarettes or whatever. And that almost killed me."

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But it didn’t so he made the decision to quit.

"I don't smoke anymore. I take better care of myself today than I did then,” Nelson said.

Despite rumors about an impending death, the 86-year-old said he's "glad to be here" and "lucky to be here."

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