- Willie Nelson has had a number of breathing related health issues
- After smoking weed for decades Nelson says it has taken a toll on his health
- He plans to continue using edible products and vapes but plans to give up smoking joints and blunts
- Nelson has long been a campaigner for the legalization of marijuana
- Country superstar has no plans to stop touring and has lined up dates in 2020
Music legend Willie Nelson may be giving up the conventional method to smoke weed - but he has no plan on giving up on cannabis products as a whole.
The country icon clarified reports that he had given up marijuana all together.
'Willie has not quit cannabis,' a representative for Nelson explained to VICE.
Willie Nelson clarified that while he will stop smoking marijuana products, he has no plans to stop using cannabis
Nelson, 86, still plans to use vapes and edible products.
The country music superstar is well known for smoking marijuana but stated in a recent interview that he has now stubbed out his joints for good.
'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 explained to KSAT.
Willie Nelson has had a number of breathing related health issues
'I started smoking cedar bark, went from that to cigarettes to whatever,' he continued. 'And that almost killed me.
'I don't smoke anymore — take better care of myself.'
The country icon has long adored cannabis and referred to it in his book, Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die in 2012
The On the Road Again singer has long spoken of what he sees as the medical benefits of pot and told Rolling Stone recently that he believes he is still alive today thanks to years of smoking marijuana.
'I wouldn't be alive. It saved my life, really. I wouldn't have lived 85 years if I'd have kept drinking and smoking like I was when I was 30, 40 years old. I think that weed kept me from wanting to kill people,' Nelson stated.
'It probably kept a lot of people from wanting to kill me, too — out there drunk, running around.'
Nelson actively promotes the use of the psychoactive drug. He smoked his first joint in 1954 but now tends to vape and use edibles.
A long-time advocate for the legalization of cannabis use, he co-chairs the advisory board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
Years before weed was legal anywhere he would often speak about its medical benefits and even its economic potential.
'It's nice to watch it being accepted — knowing you were right all the time about it: that it was not a killer drug,' Nelson told Rolling Stone. 'It's a medicine.'
He is now one of a number of celebrities behind a cannabis-themed business venture according to NBC News.
Willie's Reserve, 'a premium cannabis lifestyle brand,' was launched in 2016.
Nelson has long been a campaigner for the legalization of marijuana and posts about it on his Instagram pages
But after smoking weed for decades Nelson says it has taken a toll on his health
The company sells a line of marijuana products that 'celebrate Willie's love of cannabis and the culture surrounding it.'
Nelson launched the company in collaboration with a New York-based private equity firm.
But years of smoking have taken a toll on his health and he has had to battle pneumonia and emphysema.
In his most recent interview, he brushed off rumors about his health.
'I don't give a f***! I'm here, I'm glad to be here,' he said.