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Marlboro Man, Eric Lawson, Dies At 72 From Smoking

Eric Lawson, who is commonly known as the Marlboro Man, has died at the age of 72 on January 10, 2014. The Marlboro Man played in many cigarette ads in the late 1970s, and let cigarette smoking have a hold on him. The cause of Lawson’s death was respiratory failure which resulted from his COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). Lawson, also known for his acting roles in TV shows such as “The Streets of San Francisco” and “Baretta,” was hired to be the face of Marlboro ads from 1978 to 1981. He started smoking at the early age of 14, but quit once he learned he was diagnosed with COPD. He then appeared in a certain “anti-smoking” ad to discuss and emphasize the dangers of smoking and the negative effects that smoking brings.

Marlboro Man: Effects of Smoking

There are many negative effects that come from smoking cigarettes, as you all unfortunately learned from the Marlboro Man and his death from COPD. Some other dangers that come from smoking are:

Many varieties or combinations of Cancer


Heart disease

Lung Disease

Heart attack


High blood pressure

Thick arteries


Worldwide, the use of tobacco turns out to be the cause of over 5 million deaths each year. Not only is that extremely unfortunate, but extremely preventable. After 10 years of quitting smoking, the risks of dying from lung cancer decreases by 50% of those who are still smoking. As far as secondhand smoke goes, it’s still just as bad as smoking. Every year, an estimated 600,000 people die from secondhand smoking worldwide, and an estimated 3,000 of those people are non-smokers. Does smoking still feel worth it to you?


Quit Smoking

For whatever reason people begin smoking- fitting in, curiosity, their family smokes, etc- there are going to be negative effects that result from that choice. It’s a well known fact that smoking cigarettes shortens your life span to some extent, and it just doesn’t seem worth it. Smoking cigarettes, and becoming addicted, is like being in a dark hole that keeps getting deeper and deeper, it’s hard to find the way out. There are many methods that people use for quitting smoking, but ultimately, willingness is key. The Marlboro Man quit smoking once he learned he had COPD, but still died years later from this smoking related illness. One great place that will help you quit smoking, give you resources and tools is Quit smoking today and take back your life!

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