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The Death Of The Former Marlboro Man Proves That Smoking Is Still Very Bad For You

Submitted by on January 27, 2014 – 11:45 amOne Comment

Smoking cigarettes is hazardous to your health. By now, you know that, because there have been tons of studies done over the years that prove that smoking is, in fact, very bad for you. It can do irreparable damage to your body and, over time, you can develop a number of different diseases as a result of smoking. But if you don’t believe the studies and you don’t want to take our word for it, then just take a look at how Eric Lawson—aka “Marlboro Man”—died recently.

Lawson, who was hired to appear in a number of print advertisements for Marlboro back in the late 1970s was a lifelong smoker. He started smoking when he was just 14 and, through his roles in a handful of movies and his role as the Marlboro Man, he became the poster boy for smoking. But unfortunately, smoking is what ended his life prematurely as he was eventually diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease—also known as COPD—in his later years and passed away at the age of 72 earlier this month. His wife Susan Lawson acknowledged his death recently and revealed that her husband was never able to shake his addiction to cigarettes.

“He knew the cigarettes had a hold on him,” she said. “He knew, yet he still couldn’t stop.”

Lawson did try to quit smoking and even appeared in an anti-smoking ad recently that tried to encourage people to stop lighting up. He also tried to quit himself but, unfortunately, it seems as though the power of addiction was too great for him. But there is a very important lesson to be learned from his death. That lesson? That no matter what the tobacco companies tell you, smoking will eventually catch up with you and have a harmful effect on your health. Cigarettes won’t kill you right away. But over time, they will result in diseases like COPD…even if you’re the “Marlboro Man.” How sad.

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