Leonard Nimoy, best known as Mr. Spock of
The 82-year-old actor announced the news on Twitter last week after a photograph of him being wheeled through an airport wearing an oxygen mask startled fans, according to E! News.
"I quit smoking 30 yrs ago. Not soon enough. I have
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a group of lung diseases that block airflow and make breathing difficult, according to the
Damage to the lungs cannot be reversed in COPD, but there are various methods to reduce further damage and manage symptoms, the clinic said.
About a week after making the announcement, Nimoy returned to Twitter on Thursday to remind fans of the hazards of smoking.
Still, the actor, director and photographer isn't letting the illness hamper him from working, or tweeting a plug.
"Just taped my comments for Star Trek Fest to be aired on EPIX Feb. 16th. Still enjoying my life. LLAP," he wrote.
The author of "I Am Not Spock" most recently appeared as Spock Prime in last summer's "Star Trek Into Darkness. "American Horror Story's"
Raise your hand if you need a mind meld to help explain that.
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