Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek’s iconic Spock, has gone public with the fact that he’s been diagnosed with COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which is defined a group of lung diseases – among them chronic bronchitis and emphysema -- that block airflow and breathing difficult. Nimoy acknowledged the illness after photos of him at an airport in a wheelchair and using an oxygen cylinder, were published and, quite logically, caused great concern among fans. The actor, who will turn 83 next month, took to Twitter to explain the situation and in several subsequent tweets has implored his followers/fans who do smoke to quit.

Among his recent tweets:

Star Trek Leonard Nimoy I quit smoking 30 yrs ago. Not soon enough. I have COPD. Grandpa says, quit now!! LLA

Star Trek Leonard Nimoy 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.

Star Trek Leonard Nimoy I'm doing OK. Just can't walk distances. Love my life, family, friends and followers. LLAP.

There is no cure for COPD, but once diagnosed it can be treated so as to manage the symptoms and slow its progress. And clearly, Nimoy is not letting it get the better of him. He also tweeted the following on February 6:

Star Trek Leonard Nimoy Just taped my comments for Star Trek Fest to be aired on EPIX Feb. 16th. Still enjoying my life. LLAP

StarTrek.com, on behalf of Nimoy’s millions of fans worldwide, wishes him well. In the meantime, visit the National Institutes of Health site to learn more about COPD.



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