Star Trek News: Leonard Nimoy Suffering From COPD

Nimoy urges fans to stop smoking

By William White, InvestorPlace Writer

Leonard Nimoy, announced via Twitter (TWTR) last week, that he has been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Leonard Nimoy, who is best known as Spock from the original Star Trek TV series, stopped smoking 30 years ago. Despite quitting such a long time ago, COPD still affects the actor. According to Tweets by Nimoy, he is doing well, but can’t handle walking long distances. Nimoy has also been Tweeting to urge fans to quit smoking before they also get hit with COPD, reports The New York Daily News.

The National Library of Medicine describes COPD as such.

“Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is one of the most common lung diseases. It makes it difficult to breathe. There are two main forms of COPD: Chronic bronchitis, which involves a long-term cough with mucus; Emphysema, which involves destruction of the lungs over time.”

Leonard Nimoy isn’t the only one taking a shot at smoking. CVS Caremark (CVS) announced this week that is would no longer carry tobacco products and Walgreens (WAG) may join the pharmacy in that decision.

Leonard Nimoy’s warnings to smokers and CVS’ decision to ditch tobacco products could spell trouble for tobacco companies like Altria Group (MO)and Lorillard (LO).

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