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Leonard Nimoy Reveals He Has Lung Disease, Warns Against Smoking
http://celebrity.yahoo.com ^ | february 5, 2014 | Raechal Leone Shewfelt

Posted on 02/06/2014 10:57:58 AM PST by lowbridge

It's too late for Leonard Nimoy, but he wants his fans to know that they should quit smoking now.

The 82-year-old actor, who's played the iconic role of Spock in "Star Trek" TV shows and movies since 1966, has revealed that he has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease from his days as a smoker.

"I quit smoking 30 yrs ago. Not soon enough. I have COPD. Grandpa says, quit now!! LLAP" he wrote on Twitter, referencing the traditional Vulcan salutation, live long and prosper.

COPD is a disease that makes it increasingly difficult to breathe, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Patients who have it often have the conditions of emphysema and chronic bronchitis, and experience tightening of the chest, shortness of breath, and other symptoms. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of COPD, which is now the third leading cause of death in the United States.

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1 posted on 02/06/2014 10:57:58 AM PST by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

Hey, you wanted to lean over that reactor in Star Trek II. Don’t come crying to us!!


2 posted on 02/06/2014 10:58:58 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: lowbridge

He was not logical........


3 posted on 02/06/2014 10:59:08 AM PST by Lakeshark (Mr Reid, tear down this law!)
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To: Revolting cat!

4 posted on 02/06/2014 11:00:50 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: lowbridge
Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of COPD, which is now the third leading cause of death in the United States.

How much you wanna bet that that's disregarding the true leading cause of death in America — abortion?

5 posted on 02/06/2014 11:03:49 AM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: lowbridge
spock photo: Spock fascinating.jpg
6 posted on 02/06/2014 11:06:17 AM PST by Snickering Hound
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To: lowbridge

You’re 82. You’ve lived a longer life than most folks. Don’t be blaming yourself for getting Lung disease when your 82.


7 posted on 02/06/2014 11:06:36 AM PST by skinndogNN
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To: lowbridge

Even actors have to die of something eventually. At 82, death is right around the corner for most people, regardless of whether you smoked or not.


8 posted on 02/06/2014 11:07:18 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: lowbridge

Nimoy is incorrect to blame himself. I know several people in their 70s and 80s who have COPD and never smoked a day in their lives. In fact, many people with COPD have it as a result of lifelong, untreated asthma, or more serious conditions that their physicians thought were merely asthma, but we in fact more serious diseases.


9 posted on 02/06/2014 11:09:37 AM PST by montag813
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To: lowbridge
B T T T ! ! ! ©

10 posted on 02/06/2014 11:11:42 AM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: lowbridge

Poor man.


11 posted on 02/06/2014 11:11:55 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: OneWingedShark

IF you want to be technical the leading cause of death is birth. 82 is getting up there.


12 posted on 02/06/2014 11:15:36 AM PST by prof.h.mandingo (Buck v. Bell (1927) An idea whose time has come (for extreme liberalism))
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To: lowbridge

Smoking wasn’t logical.


13 posted on 02/06/2014 11:16:22 AM PST by DannyTN
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To: lowbridge
I remember one of my favorite actors, Yul Bryner, doing a PSA where he looked into the camera and said "Just don't smoke."

He was gone within a few weeks, it seemed.

14 posted on 02/06/2014 11:16:58 AM PST by OKSooner ("As the riders went on by him, he heard one call his name...")
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To: montag813

My grandfather developed lung cancer (which mercifully, took him very quickly) 36 years after he’d quit smoking.

There is not always necessarily a cause-and-effect here.

I will pray for Mr. Nimoy. I have always enjoyed his work.


15 posted on 02/06/2014 11:19:15 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: lowbridge

He can’t say he didn’t live long, and didn’t prosper.


16 posted on 02/06/2014 11:21:11 AM PST by henkster (Communists never negotiate.)
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To: lowbridge

Prayers for Mr. Nimoy.

My mother-in-law died of COPD at 80. Whether a smoker or not, it is a painful way to go.


17 posted on 02/06/2014 11:21:18 AM PST by kidd
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To: kidd

My M-I-L passed away from COPD, Congestive Heart Failure. No smoking, just old age, body shutting down. You’re gonna die of something. At the same time, my wife’s grandmother smoked into her mid 80’s. Didn’t die of lung cancer, didn’t die of COPD. Died when a demented old woman hit her thinking my wife’s grandmother was after a man she was interested in.


18 posted on 02/06/2014 11:24:04 AM PST by rstrahan
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To: lowbridge
my younger brother has COPD. Former Marine. Vietnam Vet. Probably exposed to more crap there than we will ever know or imagine. Add to that fifty years of smoking and forty years in hot stinking press rooms working with unknown chemicals and breathing God only knows what vapors.
Sad to see.
19 posted on 02/06/2014 11:27:56 AM PST by Tupelo (I am feeling more like Philip Nolan every day)
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To: rstrahan
No smoking, just old age, body shutting down

If Spock is having problems with his lungs, it is not likely that it's because of his smoking 30 years ago. It's more likely due to him using them 24/7 for 82 years.
20 posted on 02/06/2014 11:28:21 AM PST by ZX12R (Never forget the heroes of Benghazi, who were abandoned to their deaths by Obama)
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To: OKSooner
I remember one of my favorite actors, Yul Bryner, doing a PSA where he looked into the camera and said "Just don't smoke."

And NO ONE smoked like Yul Brynner. Here he is in Westworld:"


21 posted on 02/06/2014 11:30:18 AM PST by Dr. Sivana ("We are not sluts."--Sandra Fluke)
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To: OKSooner
Yul Brenner smoked five packs a day. So did another great actor Buster Keaton. Both were incredibly athletic despite their heavy smoking, but smoking eventually took its toll none the less. Keaton died at age 70, but he looked and sounded 100.
22 posted on 02/06/2014 11:31:18 AM PST by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: OKSooner
Yul Brynner filmed that ad to be aired after his death so as to increase its effectiveness.
23 posted on 02/06/2014 11:32:10 AM PST by GOP_Party_Animal
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To: lowbridge

My aunt died of COPD in her 80s. Never smoked a day in her life, she did, however live with a smoker for 30 years until he quit — my uncle developed lung cancer after he’d quit 30 years previously.

My aunt also swept out my uncle’s wood shop for years — dr. said her lungs looked like they’d been damaged by sawdust or asbestos.

It IS a painful way to go, she could never quite catch her breath, coughed 24/7 and said she felt like she was drowning.


24 posted on 02/06/2014 11:38:38 AM PST by Bon of Babble (Don't want to brag...but I can still fit into the earrings I wore in high school!!)
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To: Tupelo

So sad! Sorry, I know it’s a terrible way to go. The story you told about your brother’s exposure to chemicals reminded me of one my mother told me: One of her friends died of emphysema/COPD. Never smoked in her life - however HER parents owned a dry cleaning business and she grew up OVER the building.

That’s why I take dry cleaning to a business that doesn’t use whatever horrible chemical most of them use, can’t stand the smell.


25 posted on 02/06/2014 11:42:28 AM PST by Bon of Babble (Don't want to brag...but I can still fit into the earrings I wore in high school!!)
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To: lowbridge
My Dad stopped smoking too late as well.He was in his 60's and the disease had already begun.But we saw to it that he got first rate health care (one of the few advantages of living near Boston) and he did reasonably well for about 15 years and then things accelerated.His last few years weren't pretty.

I thank God that when I started smoking at 15 it made me dizzy....dizzy enough for me to say to myself "smoking makes me look cool but this dizziness is crazy.I'm gonna stop".And I did.

26 posted on 02/06/2014 11:43:52 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Osama Obama Care: A Religion That Will Have You On Your Knees!)
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To: lowbridge

He’s 82...Old age killed him.


27 posted on 02/06/2014 11:46:39 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: txrefugee

Looking at a life table, if you hit 82, your life expectancy is about 90. If you hit 90, your life expectancy is about 94 and so on. This guy could live forever.


28 posted on 02/06/2014 11:49:59 AM PST by dangerdoc (I don't think you should be forced to make the same decision I did even if I know I'm right.)
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To: dangerdoc

Bummer, Vulcans are supposed to live over 200, and even though he’s only half you’d think he’d last longer. ;)


29 posted on 02/06/2014 11:55:30 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: lowbridge

Um, he’s 82.

I hope I make it to 82. I doubt I will.


30 posted on 02/06/2014 11:57:23 AM PST by servo1969
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To: prof.h.mandingo
IF you want to be technical the leading cause of death is birth. 82 is getting up there.

C'mon now! Don't derail a good thread hijacking!

Don't you know that we're supposed to find a way to tie in abortion to every subject discussed here at FR? I think it's a rule.

31 posted on 02/06/2014 12:02:59 PM PST by Drew68
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To: OneWingedShark

Actually, the leading cause of death is life. Never happens without it.


32 posted on 02/06/2014 12:03:44 PM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: servo1969

Ditto on 82, mate.

My Dad passed of similar stuff at 82..

2 packs of Camel straights for 20 plus years and getting his chest crushed in a farming accident didn’t help either.

He used to tell about the young doctors and the stuff they did when he had a deflated lung.. he always had bronchial problems, asthma.. he was running on fumes at the end tho. cardiopulmonary failure was the end result even tho his heart was strong.


33 posted on 02/06/2014 12:05:59 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: lowbridge
"I quit smoking 30 yrs ago..."

Doesn't offer much comfort to those considering quitting.

i wonder how much breathing Los Angeles air for 50+ years had to do with his breathing issues.

34 posted on 02/06/2014 12:11:22 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: lowbridge

I probably won’t be around in 30 years when all the dope-smokers saying smoking marijuana is good for you have all the same problems.


35 posted on 02/06/2014 12:33:36 PM PST by kaehurowing
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To: Gay State Conservative

My husband is in his 60’s, has COPD and keeps on smoking. I almost hate him for committing suicide slowly. He’s never watched anyone die from lung problems. I have and I don’t look forward to watching him die like that.


36 posted on 02/06/2014 12:35:16 PM PST by Himyar
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To: GOP_Party_Animal

Well... okay. Thanks for making my point. :)


37 posted on 02/06/2014 12:45:23 PM PST by OKSooner ("As the riders went on by him, he heard one call his name...")
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To: skinndogNN

He didn’t “just” get lung disease at 82. It just got so bad that it “killed him at 82”. He has probably been struggling to breathe for 10 or 15 years.

I saw it with the WW2 generation in mine and my husbands family. COPD is nothing to sneer at, it destroys their quality of life long before they die from it.


38 posted on 02/06/2014 12:45:32 PM PST by Ditter
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To: lowbridge

Leonard Nimoy? He’s still alive?


39 posted on 02/06/2014 12:52:58 PM PST by FrdmLvr ("WE ARE ALL OSAMA, 0BAMA!" al-Qaeda terrorists who breached the American compound in Benghazi)
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To: FrdmLvr

I understand he spends his time taking nude photographs of old fat women


40 posted on 02/06/2014 12:54:54 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: lowbridge

My aunt died of COPD, after a lot of suffering. She smoked a lot all her life, but didn’t think that was what caused it (couldn’t be her beloved cigs). She was convinced that living through the Dust Bowl in Kansas when she was a child. I think it was probably both. It’s hard to fathom, but in the worst years of the Dust Bowl there were times that she and my mother had to sleep with damp cloths over their mouth and nose to try to keep from inhaling the dust.


41 posted on 02/06/2014 1:01:58 PM PST by married21 ( As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: Himyar
In addition to our experience with our Dad I worked for 20 years in a large hospital's ER.I'd encourage you to tell your husband that hanging out for a single 8 hour shift in a busy ER would motivate him to quit...*big time*! Promise him a lifetime supply of Nicorette gum and/or patches....or tell him you'll leave him and empty the bank accounts before you do.Or say to him "I'll take up crack cocaine to keep you company".

Ugly isn't the word for what awaits him unless he quits now.

42 posted on 02/06/2014 1:02:58 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Osama Obama Care: A Religion That Will Have You On Your Knees!)
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To: married21
I am surprised that more people didn't die of dust pneumonia back during the dust bowl years. Dust is irritating to the lungs and there were no antibiotics when the irritation developed into an infection.
43 posted on 02/06/2014 1:16:00 PM PST by Ditter
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To: Gay State Conservative

I see so many people hauling around their oxygen tanks that I am surprised that anyone who has a clue is still smoking.


44 posted on 02/06/2014 1:18:39 PM PST by Ditter
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To: lowbridge
At least Mr Nimoy is doing this while he is still alive. Yul Brynner did it posthumously
45 posted on 02/06/2014 1:25:20 PM PST by jmcenanly ("The more corrupt the state, the more laws." Tacitus, Publius Cornelius)
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To: lowbridge

My dad smoked unfiltered cigarettes for 40 years then died 39 years later at the age of 91. Luckily it wasn’t lung related.


46 posted on 02/06/2014 1:25:35 PM PST by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: lowbridge

He is 82, did he want to live for ever?


47 posted on 02/06/2014 1:37:01 PM PST by Sawdring
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To: Sawdring
"He is 82, did he want to live for ever?"

I'm not going to condemn Mr. Nimoy for saying this, now, but he must have pretty good genes.

Shatner made a film of himself and Nimoy talking about the "old days", death, life, etc.

Nimoy admitted he was an alcoholic as well as a heavy smoker.

I don't think he got into drugs.

But 82 is a pretty good run for someone who indulged heavily.

48 posted on 02/06/2014 1:53:39 PM PST by boop (I just wanted a President. But I got a rock.)
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To: lowbridge
Bilbo! Bilbo Baggins ...

I don't know what he was smokin' here, but it obviously wasn't tobacco.

49 posted on 02/06/2014 1:59:51 PM PST by BlueLancer (Pachebel --- The original one-hit wonder.)
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To: boop

Most definitely. I might drink a beer this weekend in honor of his long life.


50 posted on 02/06/2014 2:04:22 PM PST by Sawdring
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