Leonard Nimoy: I Have Lung Disease
'I quit smoking too late,' he says
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 7, 2014 1:13 AM CST
Susan Bay and Leonard Nimoy arrive to the home entertainment launch party "Star Trek Into Darkness" last fall.   (Photo by Casey Rodgers/Invision for Paramount Pictures/AP Images)

(Newser) – People who want to live long and prosper should quit smoking now, Leonard Nimoy says. The actor best known for playing Spock in Star Trek has been diagnosed with the lung disease COPD at the age of 82—30 years after he quit smoking, which he says wasn't soon enough, People reports. "I'm doing OK. Just can't walk distances. Love my life, family, friends, and followers," he tweeted.

"Smokers, please understand. If you quit after you're diagnosed with lung damage it's too late," he added. But despite the illness and his current frail appearance—he was recently seen in an airport in a wheelchair, wearing an oxygen mask—he is still working and keeping Trekkies happy, E! Online notes. "Just taped my comments for Star Trek Fest to be aired on EPIX Feb. 16th," he told followers. "Still enjoying my life."

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Feb 9, 2014 10:52 AM CST
I am one of the ones that quit after the diagnosis , 15 yrs ago. I am lucky so far no oxygen needed . However the damage is done and cant be undone. Good Luck Mr Nimoy thanks for speaking out , hope someone takes your advice.
Feb 8, 2014 12:16 AM CST
Leonard Nimoy has been... and always shall be... our friend.
Feb 8, 2014 12:08 AM CST
COPD has certainly taken it's toll on my life. Oxygen has helped, but THAT is a pain in the arse. It is tempting to blame the tobacco companies. But, realistically, I made the foolish choice to smoke and now I pay the price. I wish the best to our beloved Mr Spock / Leonard Nimoy.