Leonard Nimoy Diagnosed with Chronic Lung Disease

Leonard Nimoy

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updated 02/06/2014 AT 7:40 PM ET

originally published 02/06/2014 AT 7:50 PM ET

Leonard Nimoy has announced he suffers from chronic lung disease and is speaking out about the dangers of smoking.

The actor best known as Star Trek’s Mr. Spock says he he has been diagnosed with obstructive pulmonary disease. COPD is a general term that can be used to describe several lung diseases, including emphysema, chronic bronchitis and non-reversible asthma, according to the COPD Foundation.

“I’m doing OK. Just can’t walk distances. Love my life, family, friends and followers,” Nimoy, 82, Tweets, adding, “LLAP” – for “live long and prosper.”

“I quit smoking 30 yrs ago,” he says. “Not soon enough. I have COPD. Grandpa says, quit now!! LLAP.”

“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.”

But Nimoy reassures his followers that he is still going strong: “Just taped my comments for Star Trek Fest to be aired on EPIX Feb. 16th. Still enjoying my life. LLAP”

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