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Leonard Nimoy appears on “Piers Morgan Live” to discuss COPD February 11, 2014

by Brian Drew , Filed under: Celebrity , trackback

Star Trek legend Leonard Nimoy recently disclosed that he is suffering from a lung disease called COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), a condition commonly caused by age and years of heavy smoking.

Mr. Nimoy, who by his own admission was an “Olympic championship smoker” who smoked two packs of cigarettes a day, quit the habit 30-years ago. Despite being smoke-free ever since, the damage was already done.

On Monday night, Mr. Nimoy, looking well, appeared on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Live” to discuss COPD and touched upon the culture that surrounded smoking during the time he picked up the habit. Continue on to see a clip of his interview.


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February 11, 2014 5:38 pm
Yep, I remember “Smoke ‘Em if You Got ‘Em” from my early days in the service [late 1970s]. If you weren’t smoking during the break, you were standing in formation, where you were not allowed to chat. People chose to smoke just so they could move about and talk a bit. I remember, too, growing up with smokers all around. Grown-ups smoked; it was the rare grown-up who didn’t back then. My Dad switched to “Low Tar” cigarettes and we thought it was a healthy choice o..O Much gratitude flowing your way, Mr Nimoy, for “coming out” about COPD and… Read more »
February 11, 2014 6:04 pm

Another major goal for this accomplished man. I hope people listen… and avoid tobacco all together.

Best, Mr. Nimoy! And Bravo!

February 11, 2014 6:42 pm

Thank goodness I quit ten years ago and only smoked for about that long. I hope it works out ok. Thanks Leonard for spreading the word to quit!

February 11, 2014 6:45 pm

I think it takes a certain level of integrity to stand up and say ‘I was wrong’, particularly for someone who is a celebrity. I think this demonstrates a genuine quality in our good friend here; he’s a real guy, always has been.

I should stop smoking O.o

I am not Herbert
February 11, 2014 7:11 pm

my father chain-smoked (3) packs of menthols a day… he died before 50…

the corporations are STILL convincing us to kill ourselves and all life on earth… FOR PROFIT =(

STOP THE MADNESS!!! =( (Do not be driven by ego)

February 11, 2014 7:23 pm

My Dad died from cancer, he also had OCD…. I used to get car sick when driving , not knowing that the sigerite smooking may have sealed my fate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!….. think about it……………..

February 11, 2014 9:25 pm
My father smoked two packs a day for I don’t know how long. He died at 65 after suffering heart attacks, a triple (!) bypass, and various other cardio surgeries. Needless to say, he had COPD and numerous other health issues until the end. I, myself, smoked two packs a day for 30 years, and it’s cost me some health that I should still have at age 50, but my doctor put the fear of God in me, and I quit 17 months ago. For those of you who smoke, it’s your choice – the worst type of anti-smoking zealot… Read more »
February 12, 2014 12:07 am

go smoke free,,

Like us in New Zealand ! :oD

Terry Marvin
February 12, 2014 3:48 am
Wednesday, February 12, 2014– 5:45 am CST I didn’t see the interview. But I agree with Leonard Nimoy. I haven’t had a cigarette for 5 years. Leonard keep passing the word about smoking. My husband, Don, passed away from cancer caused by cigarettes. Sincerely, Terry (Dallas, Texas)
Crewman Darnell
February 12, 2014 5:02 am

Some true words to live by in Mr Nimoy’s admission, along with many of the comments here. I too was a smoker between the mid 80s up until 2010 when I quit. By then I was up to a deck and 1/2 a day. I hope I ceased the habit soon enough to gain some time back.

February 12, 2014 9:02 am
The tobacco people were pretty savvy marketers. When we entered WWII, they made sure that all the GI’s got smokes – it ensured a built in market at wars end, and the evidence that was starting to mount was countered for a while by the ‘doctors smoke’ advertising campaign. It was a blatant abuse of the trust and goodwill that the population held for the medical community, one that had ramifications that I suspect we are still dealing with, namely, mistrust of the medical and scientific community. The public knows they sold out to big tobacco, who else have they… Read more »
February 12, 2014 9:21 am

Oh Dear,

Nimoy I am praying of you. please I hope you don’t leave this earth soon. I love you so much man.

February 12, 2014 9:40 am

I never really understood, how anyone can start to smoke. Even if it would be healthy, cigarettes stink nastily. Inhaling that repulsive smoke, is just disgusting.

I get it that when you are already addicted, you can’t stop easily. But why start at all? Even if it would be healthy, it just stinks and is also expensive, especially when you smoke a pack or more each day. I can think of a lot of better ways to spend money.

February 12, 2014 9:58 am

Never ever smoked actively. Not a single test inhalation, never let any cigarette touch my lips, for now 29 years. This made me an outsider in my high school days, but I guess it was worth it…

February 12, 2014 10:11 am

I heard a radio interview the other day with a guy from an anti-smoking group, that said the tobacco industry knows their days are numbered. So now in order to survive financiall,y they are behind the scenes lobbying to get marajuana legalized.

I guess there will always be a vice, that corporations can exploit, for a profit.

February 12, 2014 10:27 am
@14. Tobacco’s profits are mostly driven by the foreign market these days. Not only are they lobbying for the legalization of pot, there is quite the campaign of mis-information growing out there about the effects on your health that pot use has. I sell l**e I***ran*e (the filter bans these words) and I’m shocked at the number of applicants who swear they have never smoked, because tobacco is evil, but then find out that they light up the joints on a regular basis. Have had a few of these people insist that pot is good for you…because doctors say so.… Read more »
Riker's Mailbox
February 12, 2014 10:34 am

This is definitely a characteristic of Spock’s human side as smoking is not, in any way, logical.

February 12, 2014 11:23 am

Good for him. He turned that airport photo into an opportunity to relay a positive health message. LLAP.

Lt. Bailey
February 12, 2014 12:00 pm
We did indeed get free cigerettes in the our C-ration boxes in the military. It was a small packet of 3 cigerettes and for those of us who did not smoke, you could trade for something from the other soldiers ration box, like the pound cake we got. It was great if you poured the jiuce from the can of furit cocktail over the cake. My father started smoking in the Navy during WW2 and quit some 30 years ago, he is still with us at the age of 87 and he is one of the blessed former smokers. The… Read more »
February 12, 2014 12:04 pm

Don’t believe the hype about CPOD.

The body heals itself everyday. it’s even healing you, and Nimoy’s is healing his lungs, right now!

Proper nutrition and daily exercise is what will keeps you healthy all the days of your life. Don’t believe wverything your doctor tells you, Mr. Nimoy. If it was not for you healthy immune systems you would heve been dead long ago.

The only thing that is bad, is the negative vibs this article is giving out.

Live long and proper. EVERYONE!

: ). : ). : )

February 12, 2014 12:07 pm

16 Phil, For a long time I thought pot was less hazardous than tobacco simply because the chemical composition of cigarettes is comparatively so hazardous [FORMALDEHYDE among hundreds of others].Burning something and bringing that smoke into your lungs is bad but how many chemicals or other hazardous substances were part of the marijuana? Comparatively few, right? [I don’t know, just debating here.]

Once big corporations get involved, pot ‘purity’ is going to go the way of the dodo.

Maybe then there’ll be a niche market for 100% Organic Additive Free pot :-p They can call it Smokin’ Mother Nature ….

February 12, 2014 1:18 pm

Most drivers in Metro Atlanta ACT stoned already. I dread the day when they’re no longer acting.

February 12, 2014 1:30 pm
@21. Pot purity is a fantasy. Plants have been bred to boost the content of their active ingredient, and like any other agricultural product, whatever pesticides and fertilizers were used in it’s cultivation will end up in trace amounts in the plant. Organic cigarettes seems like an oxymoron, but the product isn’t marketed as anything other then an effort to keep secondary exposure to fertilizers and pesticides to a minimum. At least the dangers of tobacco are fairly well documented, and as most tobacco products are filtered now, at least exposure to tar is minimized. Comparing pot to tobacco is… Read more »
Adam Bomb 1701
February 12, 2014 1:31 pm
I quit in 1974, after only smoking three years. The anti-smoking handwriting was on the walls at the 1974 International “Star Trek” convention I attended. The NYC fire marshals got involved, and they ordered strict crowd control, and no smoking. That was Mr. Nimoy’s first convention appearance; he was there to address the rumors that he hated the series and his character. My dad had heart surgery, which forced him to quit smoking. My mom quit when she went back to work. They lived well into their eighties. Personally, I can’t see why people smoke any more; the price of… Read more »
February 12, 2014 1:57 pm

Good for Mr. Nimoy for having the courage to speak out about this. It would be hard knowing the consequences he will soon face.

February 12, 2014 2:02 pm

I graduated high school in 1987. We had a smoking area for students. If you got a permission slip signed you could go to what was called the “Smoking Pad”. A taxpayer built area outside, a concrete floor and three foot high brick wall built around it, complete with barrels for garbage and commercial size ash trays all around.

February 12, 2014 2:15 pm

How typically wonderful of Mr. Nimoy, to use his own health challenges as an opportunity to educate others. Thank you, Mr. Nimoy, and we wish you all the best!

February 12, 2014 2:53 pm

@23. 21. Marja, I just reread my last post, and realized the last portion could be construed that I’m addressing you – I was not, the use of the word ‘you’ was in the collective, addressed to anyone who may be rationalizing a decision. Not you, specifically. I don’t know you personally, it would be wrong to assume what your position may be.

February 12, 2014 4:00 pm

Great to see Leonard looking well…Looking forward to seeing him onscreen as Spock again in ST 3 or is it ST 13?

February 12, 2014 4:04 pm

19. Lt. Bailey – LOL Man, I remember those three smokes in the C-rats. And I was in heaven if I scored the spiced beef AND a John Wayne bar together. LOL Some of the guys in my platoon didn’t have the, *AHEM* intestinal fortitude to put away anything heavily seasoned, so they were always willing to barter with me. Memories……..

February 12, 2014 6:24 pm

20. TrekMadeMeWonder – February 12, 2014

The only thing that is bad, is the negative vibs this article is giving out.

Oh, has this article ruined Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease for you?

I just hate it when some do-gooder comes along and ruins the image and good-time feelings associated with a perfectly good preventable disease.

February 12, 2014 7:01 pm
My opinion about smoking is the same as anything else: excessive usage of anything is bad for you. Heck, drinking too much water can kill you, like this one contestant of a radio show’s contest (called “A wee for a Wii”). At any rate, I not for the banning of any product,. but I do believe that, like alcohol, tobacco should be heavily regulated while remaining legal. Still, I am glad that Mr. Nemoy is willing to put himself out there about the dangers of excessive usage of tobacco products (including chewing tobacco, which can give you cancer of the… Read more »
Victor LLoyd
February 12, 2014 7:12 pm

Keep spreading the word Mr,Nimoy. Wife and I long time smokers, also have
COPD. Quit now your life depends on it.

February 13, 2014 5:08 am

My dad died of his second heart attack at 63 years old. He smoked from the time he was 15 until the day he died. My mom also smoked from that age and died at 66 of complications from COPD. I lived in second hand smoke as a kid when both of them smoked in the house. I just hope hours away at school plus my young age protected me.

February 13, 2014 5:31 am

Mom smoked most of her life. Although she had quit at the end, cancer took all but half-a-lung. Then, six months later, it showed up in her kidneys and finally her brain. The end, mercifully, was quick.

Tobacco companies have murdered millions of people. Murder is when you know it’s happening and you do it for money or whatever. It’s murder, plain and simple.

I am not Herbert
February 13, 2014 7:37 am

converting cigarette production from tobacco to cannabis will be easy… and HIGHLY PROFITABLE (corporations want to own it) Monsanto will patent it.

regulating it will be politically complex, but cannabis should be legal. =)

The world would be a MUCH better place if everyone tried cannabis! =)

alcohol and tobacco are pure EVIL POISON! =(

I am not Herbert
February 13, 2014 7:43 am

tobacco is not murder… more precisely, it is suicide…

they are not killing you… they are selling you the poison…

the corporations are convincing you… to selfishly kill yourself…

and the world around you… by manipulating your ego…

February 13, 2014 9:51 am

Smoking is still a CHOICE people! Even though I think it’s a nasty habit — and I’ve never once smoked — but c’mon! Some of you act like the tobacco companies are hypnotizing and brainwashing people into smoking!

People just need to take responsibility for the choices they make. I know that’s not a popular thing to hear these days, but we need to stop blaming inanimate objects for killing people.

It’s all about choices folks. I chose to not smoke very early on.

Lt. Bailey
February 13, 2014 11:56 am

#30 Viking.

Those C-rats were something else and I remember the John Wayne cookies. They were not too bad wihen I used the pineapple jelly on them. I think I was one the few if only one who actaully liked/wanted the eggs. All time favorite was the cherry cake and I still have an un-opened can of the chocolate nut cake, just for nostalga sake.

February 13, 2014 1:48 pm
@38. Yes, at some level, smoking is a choice. Now, lets say that for the next 20 years, here are the images you are bombarded with: When I was in the Army, they gave me heroin in my mess kits. The army wouldn’t give me something that was bad for me, right? Every movie I see the stars are all using heroin. They wouldn’t be doing that if it was bad for them, right? The doctor survey says my brand of heroin was preferred 2 to 1 – doctors WOULD NEVER suggest I do something that was bad for me,… Read more »
February 13, 2014 2:31 pm
Choice? Not when the companies spend many millions to create the most addictive delivery system possible for its drug. Not when cigarettes are placed in movies to promote their coolness. Not when the companies spend millions and millions on lobbying to counteract medical science. If you shy away from the word “murder,” don’t delude yourself into using a word so innocent as “choice.” Having said that, the only solution in my mind is for everyone to choose to consider smoking something horrible on every level. (I’m not a fan of taxes, federal regulations, etc. — just a good clean public… Read more »
I am not Herbert
February 13, 2014 4:13 pm

yes, it’s choice…

however, they DO spend millions on convincing you to make that choice…

and, once you are hooked, it IS VERY DIFFICULT to make any other choice…

knowledge is power… let’s help each other to make the RIGHT choices =)

February 13, 2014 4:18 pm

Agreed, Herbert.. or not Herbert… or Betty. Whoever you are. Agreed.

February 13, 2014 7:55 pm
Well, I’m pretty sure that everyone knows what cigarettes cause — unless you live under a rock. Perhaps we should do a study on what makes some people choose to smoke and others — such as myself — to not smoke even though, I’ve been “subjected” to the same. “Influence” as everyone else. I just don’t buy the whole evil corporation thing. There are warning suckers on the things and many other things may cause bad health that people put in their bodies every day. So, where do we draw the line? I’m for educating people about the adverse health… Read more »
February 13, 2014 9:28 pm
@44. Where we draw the line is to ensure that this choice is made with full access to the best information available. Warning labels did not appear until 1970, so there has been 44 years of cautions to counteract a century of the glamorization of smoking. Since the introduction of information detailing the negative effects of smoking, smoking levels have decreased, which demonstrates that access to information works. Further, I’d also suggest that if these products were priced to reflect their true cost, even more people would be discouraged from using them. If availability of a toxic product is going… Read more »
February 14, 2014 5:17 am

Phil, nicely stated!

February 14, 2014 7:11 am
Yeah, freedom and personal responsibility are always “weak arguments” to liberals who want a nanny state to mandate and micro manage our lives because we are all “too dumb” to make our own decisions and take responsibility for what we put our in our bodies. Lol!! The information is out there regarding the dangers of smoking and we all know guns in the hands of criminals are bad. We’re all responsible for ourselves. NOT the nanny state. Quit acting like helpless babies and get control of yourselves. I somehow manage to do that and since that’s the case, so can… Read more »
February 14, 2014 9:45 am
It’s not a question of endorsing the nanny state – you can bolster your argument substantially if you can cite one instance where the tobacco industry freely shared the toxic effects of their product. Yes, the information is out their now – prior to 1970, it wasn’t. And the industry continues to file suit to prevent the strengthening of warning labels on the product. I’ve not said word one about banning tobacco, but responsibility is a two way street – the tobacco industry needs to be responsible, too…and they are not, by continuing to market a product known to be… Read more »
February 14, 2014 11:22 am
I think continuing to educate folks about the dangers of smoking is sufficient. As you say, over time, hopefully common sense will prevail and we’ll have fewer people smoking and their health suffering as a result. On that, we can agree. But again, there’s a whole host of unhealthy things that people engage in but do so because they enjoy it. Bungee jumping for example. But again, people should know already that’s risky behavior. Here’s it people getting smarter and less addicted to harmful substances and behavior. My heart goes out to those who…back in the dark ages… Didn’t know… Read more »
February 14, 2014 12:13 pm
Re: tobacco (or cannabis) smoking, there has been no discussion as to what makes a person want to smoke in the first place and as one poster mentioned, why some people never take up smoking despite being around smokers (many of them other family members), all the advertising etc. The thing is – I believe that, in all likelihood, tobacco smoking will just get replaced by some other orally gratifying substance that people will choose to use. I do wonder if those who have chosen not to smoke have ever been surveyed as to the why’s, how’s etc. I have… Read more »
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