Willie Nelson Says He Has Stopped Smoking Because It Almost Killed Him

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December 4, 2019Entertainment
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Willie Nelson Says He Has Stopped Smoking Because It Almost Killed Him
Honoree Willie Nelson speaks onstage during the Producers & Engineers Wing 12th annual GRAMMY week event honoring Willie Nelson at Village Studios on Feb. 6, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

Country music icon, Willie Nelson, announced he is no longer smoking due to ongoing health and breathing issues.

On Friday, he spoke to CNN affiliate KSAT in San Antonio, Texas, where he performed.

“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, 86, said.

Nelson had to postpone the tail end of his tour in August due to breathing issues. He resumed the tour the next month.

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Willie Nelson performs onstage during the 53rd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 13, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images,)

“I started smoking cedar bark, went from that to cigarettes to whatever,” Nelson told KSAT. “And that almost killed me.”

Now, he says, he’s more conscientious about his health.

“I don’t smoke anymore—take better care of myself.”

During the CMA Awards last month, Nelson performed with Kacey Musgraves and at one point it appeared as though he was struggling for breath. But he did pull through the performance.

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Kacey Musgraves and Willie Nelson perform onstage during the 53rd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 13, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images,)

Nelson isn’t planning on stopping touring anytime soon. He told the local affiliate that singing for an hour on stage is the best exercise for his lungs. He also added that the tour bus is home to him.

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