Hollywood, CA (KXAN/NBC) — The Centers for Disease Control is rolling out its “Tips From Former Smokers” ad campaign again this year. It features people whose smoking addictions lead to disfiguring and fatal diseases.
But this year, the family of a Hollywood star who encouraged people to “live long and prosper” is joining in.
Julie Nimoy’s earliest memories of her father Leonard Nimoy always involved a cigarette.
Her dad was “Spock” on Star Trek, and he smoked heavily for 30 years before quitting.
“We’d be in the car, he’d be smoking. He’d walk around the house, the backyard, he’d have a cigarette in his hand. In bed, he’d smoke in bed. I mean he smoked everywhere,” says Julie.
During his final years Leonard used Twitter to urge others to stop smoking. Often saying he was “proud of the quitters.”
Nimoy ended up dying of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder in 2015.
Now, his widow, Susan, is carrying on his message through the new CDC campaign.
The CDC credits the ads with prompting at least 9 million Americans to try to quit smoking.