Star Trek member and popular actor Leonard Nimoy has confirmed that he has been diagnosed with Chronic Lung Disease. The actor made the confirmation on Twitter, while warning others of the dangers of smoking. Nimoy, made famous for his role as Star Trek’s Mr. Spock stated that he was diagnosed with obstructive pulmonary disease.
The term COPD, is often used as a general term, and is often related to several lung diseases. Of those that it can include are emphysema, chronic bronchitis and non-reversible asthma. You can get more information on all of them by checking out the COPD Foundation.
On Twitter Nimoy was optimistic and informative stating, “I’m doing OK. Just can’t walk distances. Love my life, family, friends and followers.” The actor is now 82 and playfully added the words “LLAP,” which stands for his famous catch-phrase “live long and prosper.” The actor was a smoker, though he states that, “I quit smoking 30 yrs ago,” but added, “Not soon enough. I have COPD. Grandpa says, quit now!! LLAP.”
The actor continued his plea for current smokers stating, “Smokers, please understand. If you quit after you’re diagnosed with lung damage it’s too late. Grandpa says learn my lesson. Quit now. LLAP.” The actor is currently finishing up work for the upcoming Star Trek Fest adding, “Just taped my comments for Star Trek Fest to be aired on EPIX Feb. 16th. Still enjoying my life. LLAP”