Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy, famous for playing Mr Spock, has revealed that he has a serious lung disease thirty years after stopping smoking.
The 82-year-old actor revealed his diagnosis on Twitter and urged smokers to give up.
Signing off his message with an abbreviation of Mr Spock’s ‘Live Long and Prosper’ catchphrase, he said: “I quit smoking 30 years ago. Not soon enough. I have COPD. Grandpa says, quit now!! LLAP”
COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, which obstructs sufferers’ breathing as their airways narrow.
Symptoms of the disease, which is often caused by smoking and gets worse over time, include breathlessness, persistent coughing and frequent chest infections.
In Warwickshire there is a free Stop Smoking Service. For help and advice call 0800 0852 917, text LIFE to 80800 or visit Smokefeewarwickshire.