Leonard Nimoy, famously known for his role on Star Trek as Spock, announced last week that he has COPD.
“I quit smoking 30 yrs ago. Not soon enough. I have COPD. Grandpa says, quit now!! LLAP,” Mr. Nimoy tweeted. His announcement sparked a conversation about COPD online with many asking, “but how do you have lung disease if you quit so long ago?”
It is so important to share with our loved ones that even if a smoker has quit, s/he can still develop COPD. Lung damage is irreversible and progressive (gets worse over time) and often goes undetected and undiagnosed until 50% of lung function has been lost.
12 million Americans have COPD and don’t know it.
That said, progression slows dramatically the earlier someone quits smoking. Tell your friends and family to quit today!
May Mr. Nimoy LLAP (live long and prosper) and continue to educate others to raise awareness about COPD.