Actor Leonard Nimoy, best known for his role as Spock on the iconic series Star Trek, has revealed on Twitter that he suffers from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, a diagnosis that covers a range of diseases including chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
Nimoy is speaking out about the dangers of smoking, saying, "I quit smoking 30 years ago. Not soon enough."
In his tweets, he encourages every smoker to kick their cigarette habit, and tells everyone to "LLAP," or Live Long And Prosper, as his character Spock is famous for saying.
I quit smoking 30 yrs ago. Not soon enough. I have COPD. Grandpa says, quit now!! LLAP— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) January 30, 2014
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.— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) February 6, 2014
I'm doing OK. Just can't walk distances. Love my life,family, friends and followers. LLAP— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) February 6, 2014
Just taped my comments for Star Trek Fest to be aired on EPIX Feb. 16th. Still enjoying my life. LLAP— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) February 6, 2014