The nerd world has been abuzz with concern lately over Leonard Nimoy, who was photographed traveling being assisted through an airport with a wheelchair and an oxygen mask. Nimoy has taken to his own twitter account to end the speculation and make sure his fans know what’s really going on with him. And the internet’s honorary grandpa has one message for everybody: quit smoking now, not later.
I quit smoking 30 yrs ago. Not soon enough. I have COPD. Grandpa says, quit now!! LLAP
— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) January 30, 2014
COPD is an acronym describing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (encompassing both emphysema and chronic bronchitis diagnoses), characterized by shortness of breath, coughing, and patients with a long term history of exposure to polluted air. This can include environmental pollution, and poorly vented cooking-related fires, but most commonly years of a smoking habit. While the condition is serious, gradually worsening over time, Nimoy stressed that he’s okay.
I’m doing OK. Just can’t walk distances. Love my life,family, friends and followers. LLAP — Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) February 6, 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
Live long and prosper to you to, Grandpa Nimoy.
(via Up Roxx.)