Leonard Nimoy: ‘Nicotine is the hook. Smoke is the dagger.’

Leonard Nimoy in 2001.
(Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times)

Leonard Nimoy fans around the world shared memories and messages all day Friday after learning the actor had died that morning in his Bel-Air home at age 83.

Among the messages circulating were some from the “Star Trek” actor himself about the dangers of smoking and his deep regret for the habit that led to his death.

Nimoy had taken to Twitter after being diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in January 2014 and urged his 1.1 million followers to quit smoking. The man best known as Mr. Spock continued to tweet on a fairly regular basis about the dangers of smoking and congratulated those who told him they had kicked the habit.

I quit smoking 30 yrs ago. Not soon enough. I have COPD. Grandpa says, quit now!! LLAP— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) January 30, 2014


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.— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) February 6, 2014

When I was addicted to cigarettes I ignored good medical advice. Addicts have lying ears. LLAP— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) March 6, 2014

Cigarettes don’t make anything better. Nicotine taken in any form is addictive. Look into mindful meditation instead. LLAP— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) April 15, 2014

Breaking the smoking habit is tough. Worth the struggle. Save the lungs. Living with COPD is no joke. LLAP— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) April 26, 2014


My favorite. “Quitters” who quit smoking. Definitely makes life better . LLAP— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) June 1, 2014

Nicotine is the hook. Smoke is the dagger. LLAP— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) June 2, 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

Some say E-cigs help to quit smoking. Maybe. But they give nicotine which is highly addictive. Be warned. LLAP— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) July 7, 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

For those who quit smoking we will be giving away #Iquit Smoking pins. Watch for notice. LLAP— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) August 7, 2014

If you never smoked, you ‘re a winner. Congratulations!! LLAP— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) August 7, 2014

If you’re not smoking, congratulations. If you are, this is a good time to quit. LLAP— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) September 13, 2014


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