Leonard Nimoy

I was reading about the passing of Leonard Nimoy and it seems he died from COPD.

He quit smoking 30 years ago but attributed the disease to his smoking habit. I was surprised that after 30 years this could still happen as all the non smoking advice advises that your lungs do heal after time.

I don't want to depress anyone and of course there are so many other health benefits from stopping. I'm just a bit puzzled.

Hope everyone is well and managing to keep Mr Nic in check..



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  • I wouldn't even think about it, We all know that there are exceptions. "my Grandad smoked from 12 and was 95 when he died" etc. The chances are, had Leonard Nimoy carried on smoking, he would have died 25 years ago! Who knows what other factors were there.

    No matter how much you smoked or when you started, giving up is going to improve you immediately , give you a colossal chance at extending your life, give you a better lifestyle and make you richer.

    The only other option to not smoking is to smoke. I don't want to do that and I don't think anyone else on here does either.

    Keep going everyone.


  • Hiya Kas, yes I agree with Jim that there are always exceptions and we are definitely doing the very best thing for our health by quitting. There is no doubt in my mind about that. We have abused our bodies by smoking but it is never too late to stop doing any further damage. None of us can turn back the clock or see into the future but we can give ourselves the best chance of being healthy by quitting and staying quit. I truly believe this so keep going and know you are doing the right thing for your health ๐Ÿ‘ x

  • Hi kaz,

    It is rather interesting. I agree with the others. How many times do you hear of people dying with lung cancer and never smoked a cigarette, or diagnosed with COPD and never smoked. I don't think anyone of us would have ever started smoking if we knew back them what we know now.

    Like Brair said, we cant turn back time. all we can do is go forward and give ourselves the best chance :) :)

    I am enjoying the other benefits of quitting - the extra money, the not stinking of smoke, the improved sense of smell and taste :) :)

  • Sorry if I came across as being negative - I wouldn't want to put anyone off quitting. Just a bit curious.

    Take care


  • you werent negative at all Kaz :) :)

  • Curious is a good thing coz I just learnt that man lived to be 83 and I didn't know that. Keep em coming Kas coz we love it ๐ŸŒบ x

  • Hi ya Kas, itas lovely to see ya and doing so well to :)

    You have not come across as being negative at all gal :) your just being curious, thats all :) and its good to have a bit of a debate about these sort of things eh :)

    Kas, we are all made different :o and our bodies react in different ways to different things :o Please keep being ermmmm, curious and bang these questions out to us eh :) :)

  • maybe he still went to places were people smoked and inhaled people's cigarette smoke "passively" after he quit - I don't know - just a thought.

  • Thanks guys.

    Still keep pining for the old ciggies but I've learnt to ignore those cravings. They always pass and you feel good afterwards knowing you didn't succumb


  • Good for you, well done and keep up the good work ๐Ÿ˜Š x

  • Yes Kas, you hold your head up high and be proud of yourself :) :) cos you've flippin BEAT that mr nic :) :)

    Kas, its a great feeling isnt it :) :) when you say to yourself, YEAHHHHHHHH av done it, av beat him :) :) :)

    Take care now :) xx

  • Hi Kas, think it's important to challenge our beliefs & rationale for quitting. If they're not sound, they won't hold up when you're under pressure. eg I quit for my wife.....if she leaves do you resume smoking (I know one idiot about my size who did just that). I quit for my health......do I throw in the towel if I subsequently get a smoking related illness? I quit to save money.......if I win the lottery can I smoke myself to death? Ultimately the very best reason to quit is because we no longer wish to be a smoker. The health, finances, social acceptability are all bonuses.

  • Great reply and summary of wanting to be a non smoker with the added benefits.

  • Hello all. Best wishes in your efforts to quit.

    I chose the 1st March 2014 as the day I wouldn't smoke anymore. I had been reducing since January 2014 and I had attended some Roy Castle groups.

    The G.p. gave me nicotene inhaler ( can't remember what it's called)

    Anyway I have managed to stay off the cigarettes. I have got asthma which I already had since I was a kid.

    The Asthma nurse measured my peak flow and said it had improved from 400 to 500 - then I told her I had quit smoking which she didn't realise.

    The first few months were the hardest. When I was at home when I smoked I used to smoke alot so it was really a hard habit to break. The nicotene inhalator helped. I took it with me everywhere.

    The down side is I have put on weight but hopefully I will get that off again.

    I don't come on this help site much because I have managed to quit and I guess I don't want to think about it too much.

    I smoked my own rollies so I didn't really count how many it was.

    Just cutting down didn't work for me - I had to quit altogether because if i knew there was tobacco in the house then I would be thinking about it.

    I used to start smoking again when I was stressed but I can't do that now. Smoking didn't really help my stress - I got more stressed thinking about my next cigarette. But it does feel like it's helping at the time.

    I was worried that with every cigarette my breathing was getting worse so that was a good incentive for me.

    I wish you all best wishes and hope you keep going in your efforts to quit.

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    Massive congratulations to you buttons on your 1 year quit, a major milestone for you and a terrific achievement, so well done ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

    Thanks for sharing with us and it really encourages us all to keep going ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ x

  • oh good! Thank you Briarwood. yep I hope you all keep going :-) x

  • Yeah, felt the same after reading his

    smoking history. As we age the lungs do

    naturally loose their capacity for

    breathing effeciently. Met many 80+

    Yr olds that never smoked and have copd. It's kinda individual thing

    Stay strong and positive


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