"Smokers, please understand. If you quit after you're
diagnosed with lung damage it's too late. Grandpa says learn my
lesson. Quit now," Nimoy tweeted to his 810,000 followers.
In Nimoy's case, the actor said, he was diagnosed despite having
quit smoking 30 years ago.
The 82-year-old actor added he was "doing OK. Just can't walk
distances," and he signed off with "LLAP," an abbreviation of
his character's trademark phrase, "live long and prosper."
Nimoy first revealed in a Twitter message posted last week that
he has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, a severe
lung ailment that the U.S. surgeon general has concluded is
linked to smoking.
Representatives for the actor did not immediately respond to
Reuters' request for further comment.
Nimoy, a native of Boston, has become synonymous with his role
as Spock, the fictional half-human, half-Vulcan first officer
and later commander of the starship Enterprise, in the
television and film versions of "Star Trek."
He most recently appeared in J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek Into
Darkness" last year, and is a celebrated figure among the
franchise's loyal and avid fan base.
(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy;
editing by Steve Gorman and Andre Grenon)
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