"Star Trek's" Leonard Nimoy Diagnosed With Serious Lung Disease, Tells Fans to Stop Smoking

By Lily Harrison
|  Friday, Feb 7, 2014  |  Updated 1:16 PM EDT
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"Star Trek's" Leonard Nimoy has spoken out about his current medical condition.

The beloved actor worried fans after he was photographed wearing an oxygen mask in a wheelchair at an airport recently.

Nimoy took to Twitter to explain, "I quit smoking 30 years ago. Not soon enough. I have COPD. Grandpa says, quit now!! LLAP [Long Live and Prosper]."

COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which is said to be caused by smoking.

The disease makes it increasingly difficult to breathe and is one of the most common lung diseases.

Emphysema and bronchitis are the two main forms of the illness.

Nimoy urged followers to follow in his footsteps and seize their smoking habits immediately.

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"Smokers, please understand. If you quit after you're diagnosed with lung damage it's too late. Grandpa says learn my lesson. Quit now," he posted.

The 82-year-old added, "I'm doing OK. Just can't walk distances. Love my life, family, friends and followers. LLAP."

But despite his recent frail appearance, Nimoy is still involved in work commitments and anything involving the Trek world.

In fact, Nimoy shared with his legions of Twitter fans that he just completed his latest project.

He shared, "Just taped my comments for Star Trek Fest to be aired on EPIX Feb. 16th. Still enjoying my life."

Send your well wishes to Nimoy in the comments section below!

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