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Willie Nelson Says He Stopped Smoking Pot to ‘Take Better Care’ of Himself

“I have abused my lungs quite a bit in the past," Nelson said

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America's proudest pothead has decided to hang up his joint.

Willie Nelson, the country music luminary whose name is practically synonymous with lighting up, said in a recent interview that he has stopped smoking marijuana due to breathing issues.

“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, told the San Antonio television station KSAT.

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