“Quit Smoking” Warns Leonard Nimoy After Diagnosis

By: Toni Matthews-El - February 8, 2014

“I quit smoking 30 yrs ago. Not soon enough. I have COPD.”

The sad news comes from beloved actor Leonard Niimoy, who announced his diagnosis via Twitter.

Fans of the newly diagnosed actor were concerned when video footagemade its way around the internet that showing being rolled out of an airport in a wheelchair while wearing an oxygen mask.

The 82-year-old actor has since responded to the outpouring of concern.

“I’m doing OK. Just can’t walk distances. Love my life, family, friends and followers.”

COPD is the abbreviation for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which is a progressive disease that makes it harder and harder to breathe over time.

Symptoms of COPD include coughing that produces large amounts of mucus, wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness.

The leading cause of COPD is smoking. The damage caused from the disease is irreversible, as Nimoy unfortunately learned. It’s startling to think that even if one wises up and breaks a smoking habit that there are long-term effects that can impact you decades later. Perhaps this is one of the strongest reasons available as to why someone aim to should quit smoking immediately.

Warns 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.”

Even though COPD is a permanent condition, it is possible to alleviate symptoms and slow damage. One of the first ways to do so is of course to stop smoking. There is also the possibility that surgery and antibiotics can help. Oxygen therapy is a highly recommended form of treatment for COPD and is said to prolong the life of sufferers. It’s also good to consider rehabilitation involving exercise and physical activity.

The “Fringe” star may be feeling the effects of the disease, but he remains active. Nimoy shared that he had finished taping his comments for the Star Trek Fest which is scheduled to air February 16th on EPIX. He shared via Twitter that he is still “living his life” and continues to encourage his followers and fans to “LLAP”: Live long and prosper.

Image via Wikimedia Commons

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Toni Matthews-ElToni Matthews-El hails from the land of chunked pumpkins and people who come to a complete stop before making any and every turn. When she isn't contributing articles to WebProNews, she spends her time freelance writing, cheering Liverpool FC, and enjoying life as a hair flower connoisseur. Disclaimer: Written opinions do not necessarily reflect that of WebProNews or its affiliates

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  • Heather

    Great article. Too bad the author didn't even spell Nimoy's name right. If she gets paid to do this, somebody should want their money back.

  • Dan the Man

    I think he quit in plenty of time, he's 82…maybe if we all smoked a little more we could be as fortunate as Mr. Nimoy

  • fennec fox

    Nimoy! Misspelled words seem to be a sign of the times — Spell Check has made writers lazy and dumb.

  • Lutetia Vollintine

    nobody is ever going to quit smoking cause that's why i'm gonna start smoking even though i wanted to started at the same age as my mom did at 16 years old

    • Sal DiVincenzo

      Oh at 16 I personally would like to know where you will get the $8.50 or so to support your ever increasing habit?? You should start saving it for college. Or a car to get to McDonald's.

      • Lutetia Vollintine

        i was supposed to have gone to college but my mother found out that she had cancer when she was 43 years old the two kinds of cancer she had were colon cancer and liver cancer.cause her stupid doctors down in Temple,Texas at the Scott & White hospital didn’t even tell her to get a colonoscopy done and the ignorant idiotic jackass jerkoff told her to bring in a stool sample to see if she had cancer but she was to far gone with the cancer that she had.so cancer runs in families and it’s not caused by smoking cigarettes

      • Lutetia Vollintine

        i’ve got a car that i had to buy with my own money or what i’m drawing off of my mother’s Social security that she would’ve still been getting but she passed away when i was 20 years old.

  • disqus_e8d3BIPp0c

    damn, so even if you quit for 30 years it doesn't matter?

    • Sal DiVincenzo

      Yes it does matter. If you start cardio exercise, walking and practice deep breathing exercises you have a great chance of stopping and partially reversing it. Mr. Nimoy smoked in excess of 3 packs daily sometimes more. If you can quit do it please, especially if you have a family. Do it for them and yourself too. The surgeon general said that it's as tough as quitting heroin… really. Your doctor WILL help. Chantix does work. E-cigarettes do help. Carry altoids if you smoke 1 pack a day at $8 per pack you are spending $2,920.00 !!! a year not counting sales tax. You can do it. Craving only lasts for 5 days. You can do it. You are stronger than nicotine.

  • Lutetia Vollintine

    people that smoke don't have heart attacks or strokes so just drop dead.and that's total bs they do not rob a persons health on a daily basis.my mother smoked when she was 16 years old cause she went behind her father's back and started and she never got lung cancer so cigarettes don't cause lung cancer

  • Lutetia Vollintine

    don't you dare call me a damn fool cause that's what yo mama was when she had to spread those ugly legs of hers and let a man shove or stick his penis up in her

  • Sal DiVincenzo

    I did not call you a damn fool. Just fool. Now, because of your thug ignorance, you must resort to insulting me and my family. My father and his penis were United States Marines getting wounded, as a Sargent, earning the purple heart twice, so that you have the freedom to spread your venom. My mother was building Norden bomb sights during the war. The most accurate ever made. You are either playing devils advocate ( you will probably have to look that up, because you are ignorant), or just plainly ignorant of all research. Are you still going to school? Didn't think so. Wish I could send you photographs of my chest, opened 3 times for smoking related surgeries. Guess I will be glad I won't see you in heaven.

  • Sal DiVincenzo

    Give me one only one reason that cigarettes do not cause cancer, lung disease, or vascular disease, and cite the source of the statement (author and where & when published) so I can substantiate the source, and I will donate $25.00 to a homeless shelter. Statement made must have been published after 1970 and be from a reputable source. Deal? I will give you one full week, that would be Feb 18 at noon Eastern time. PS: you will not be able to do it BYE

  • Lutetia Vollintine

    i heard that they said that smoking doesn’t cause anything.i graduated from high school when i was 20 years old so just go to hell.well my grandfather was a 1st sargent in the army.i am not ignorant cause i’m smarter than you are.