After being diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in 2014, Leonard Nimoy often tweeted about the health hazards caused by cigarette smoking, a habit he gave up some thirty years ago. One of the last tweets the actor wrote read, ‘Don’t smoke. I did. Wish I never had. LLAP’ (Live Long And Prosper).
On Jan. 10, Leonard Nimoy, 83, took to Twitter to warn his fans against the dangers of cigarette smoking, writing ‘Don’t smoke. I did. Wish I never had. LLAP’. Just nearly two months later the Star Trek actor died from lung failure. Prior to his death, the legendary performer did his best to help smokers worldwide quit and tweeted anti-cigarette smoking messages on a regular basis.
Leonard Nimoy Smoking: Blamed Lung Disease On Cigarettes
On Feb. 6, 2014, Leonard announced to the world that he had been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and tweeted, “I quit smoking 30 yrs ago. Not soon enough. I have COPD. Grandpa says, quit now!! LLAP.”
He later tweeted, “Smokers, please understand. If you quit after you’re diagnosed with lung damage it’s too late.”
Dr. John O’Dea, M.D. wants smokers to know that it’s never too late to stop smoking cigarettes, and explains the health benefits of stopping sooner than later.
“The fact that Leonard quit smoking over thirty years ago and still died from lung failure should not discourage current smokers from quitting. He lived until he was 83-years-old and had a quality life. Had he continued smoking, chances are he would have died a lot earlier and would not have had a quality life. Quitting smoking at any age enhances the quality of life and prolongs life,” Dr. O’Dea explains to Hollywoodlife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease gets worse over time and eventually causes lung failure, Dr. O’Dea adds.
Leonard Nimoy Helped Smokers Quit Worldwide
On a regular basis, Leonard supported people trying to quit cigarette smoking with inspirational tweets, such as these ones:
Stopping smoking? I ‘m so proud of the quitters . LLAP
— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) October 3, 2014
If you’re not smoking, congratulations. If you are, this is a good time to quit. LLAP
— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) September 13, 2014
How good it feels to know some folks are quitting smoking because of tweets here !! Blessings and strength to you all. LLAP
— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) July 28, 2014
I thought I could smoke “a little”. I failed . I quit totally over 30 years ago. Wish I had never started. Stay strong. LLAP
— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) June 10, 2014
Our prayers continue to go out to Leonard’s family and friends during this difficult time.
— Sandra Clark