Willie Nelson revealed he started drinking and smoking when he was 6 years old

Icon Willie Nelson is a country music outlaw and has been outspoken about some of his bad habits. But he revealed in one of his books that his cigarette and alcohol use started when he was “just out of kindergarten” at the age of six.

What else did Nelson say about being “bound to hell” as a child and trying to quit smoking? Plus, what ultimately helped him get rid of some of his habits?

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Willie Nelson traded eggs for cigarettes when he started smoking

As Nelson recalls in his book, Roll me up and smoke me when I die, his neighbor next door warned him about some possible dangers of alcohol and tobacco.

“She told me when I was about six years old that anyone who drank beer or smoked cigarettes – anyone who consumed alcohol or tobacco, really – was going ‘to hell’,” he writes. “She really believed in it, and for a while so did I.”

Nelson notes that he has been “bound to hell ever since [he] was barely out of kindergarten ”if that’s true since he started drinking and smoking at the age of six. He said he “would take a dozen eggs from [the] chicken, walk to the store and trade the dozen eggs “for a pack of cigarettes.

He also admits to being a little dazzled by the packaging and declares: “They marketed me directly!

As he got older, the habits led to health problems and he finally decided to quit. Of course, it was not easy.

Willie Nelson: ‘Half the people in my life have been killed by cigarettes.’

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Nelson started smoking and drinking at a surprisingly young age and has apparently learned the hard way how dangerous they can be. And he warns others not to believe certain marketing lines.

In Roll me up and smoke me when I die the famous smoker calls the idea that menthol cigarettes are gentler on the throat “horses ***”.

He reveals: “Cigarettes killed my mother, father, mother-in-law and my father-in-law – half of the people in my life have been killed by cigarettes.”

“I saw my father die after lying in bed with oxygen for the last two years of his life,” he shares.

And Nelson has since quit smoking for his own health.

Willie Nelson plans to quit smoking among best decisions he’s ever made

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According to Nelson, he tried to quit smoking “a hundred times” with no lasting success. But in the end, he said he had given up on everything except marijuana. “The cigarettes were the hardest,” he shares in his book. But he gave up on that habit and said, “It’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. “

Nelson concludes that part of his addiction was having something to light and smoke. So he ‘rolled up twenty joints [and] replaced the twenty Chesterfields’ in his packet of cigarettes.

At one point, he became a famous advocate for the legalization of marijuana. In 2019, reports revealed that Nelson had given up smoking weed. He credits him in particular for having saved him from the dangers of his other addictions.

His spokesperson clarified that he had not given up on cannabis, but had quit smoking. However, she added, “Willie does what he wants, when he wants, when it comes to smoking.” (By ABC News.)

How to get help: In the United States, contact the Administration of Addiction and Mental Health Services helpline at 1-800-662-4357.

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