'Star Trek's Leonard Nimoy Reveals He Has Horrible Disease to Fans

Kiri Blakeley Heartbreaking

Star Trek fans were concerned to see pictures of Spock, otherwise known as actor Leonard Nimoy, in a wheelchair with an oxygen mask. Nimoy detailed on Twitter what had happened: He's been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which he blames on his smoking, even though he quit 30 years ago.

Nimoy tweeted:

COPD can describe a wide array of lung diseases, including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, refractory (non-reversible) asthma, and some forms of bronchiectasis. Symptoms include:

Increased breathlessness

Frequent coughing

Wheezing

Tightness in the chest

Nimoy says the COPD has slowed him down, and he can't walk distances, hence his wheelchair.

We heard recently that quitting smoking before you're 40 means you could live as long as a non-smoker, but Nimoy, who is 82, would have been about 52 when he quit. It also sounds like he was told he had lung damage before he quit. Still, it's bizarre and scary to think that not having smoked for 30 years could still give you a smoking-related lung disease.

Just another reason that if you're a smoker, you should try to quit NOW. Go to Smokefree.gov to learn how.

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