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Marlboro man dies from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 72
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Posted on 01/27/2014 8:46:10 PM PST by chessplayer

Eric Lawson, who portrayed the rugged Marlboro man in cigarette ads during the late 1970s, has died. He was 72.

A smoker since age 14, Lawson later appeared in an anti-smoking commercial that parodied the Marlboro man and an “Entertainment Tonight” segment to discuss the negative effects of smoking. Susan said her husband was proud of the interview, even though he was smoking at the time and continued the habit until he was diagnosed with COPD.

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

A few actors and models who pitched Marlboro brand cigarettes have died of smoking-related diseases. They include David Millar, who died of emphysema in 1987, and David McLean, who died of lung cancer in 1995.

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1 posted on 01/27/2014 8:46:10 PM PST by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

At least he tried to dissuade others from smoking later on. I’m a firm believer of better late than never, even if it meant he couldn’t save himself.

Rest in Peace.


2 posted on 01/27/2014 8:50:33 PM PST by KJC1
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To: chessplayer

I’m sorry for the families loss, but the Surgeon General first warned about the hazards of smoking fifty years ago. This man like all smokers chose to light that first smoke and keep lighting them, the fact that he was in ads is superfluous. I quit smoking twice, wasn’t smart enough to stick to it the first time, for me it was easy though I recognize that for others it is extremely hard. That being said it is still a choice, he knew it would kill him but chose to continue.


3 posted on 01/27/2014 8:54:28 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: chessplayer

So he smoked for 58 years and lived till 72?

Whats the normal life expectancy for a man born in 1942?


4 posted on 01/27/2014 8:54:45 PM PST by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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To: icwhatudo

Found it, its apprx 61 years

http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0005148.html


5 posted on 01/27/2014 8:55:41 PM PST by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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To: KJC1

It’s incredible how addictive the damned things are, both physically and psychologically. People diagnosed with lung cancer have continued to smoke. And people have been seen pulling an oxygen bottle behind them with one hand with a cigarette in the other hand.


6 posted on 01/27/2014 9:01:13 PM PST by chessplayer
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To: icwhatudo

I do not know what the life expectancy is for someone born in 1942, as I was born in 1940. I’ll post when I know how long I lived.


7 posted on 01/27/2014 9:03:28 PM PST by Tuketu (The Dim Platform is splinters bound by crazy glue., The Tea Party is the solvent)
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To: chessplayer

RIP.


8 posted on 01/27/2014 9:04:16 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: icwhatudo

So he smoked for 58 years and lived till 72?

Whats the normal life expectancy for a man born in 1942?

Found it, its apprx 61 years


At least he was a mans man and died a mans mans death,,,gasping for oxygen like a fish out of water,,,right?


9 posted on 01/27/2014 9:09:42 PM PST by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

Death is never pleasant. Just found it interesting he outlived the average man of his time by about 11 years.


10 posted on 01/27/2014 9:14:02 PM PST by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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To: chessplayer

David McLean was my favorite Marlboro Man. He starred in a nifty but short-lived western tv-series entitled “Tate,” about a cowboy drifter with a crippled arm. Around 1960. He had a great weather-beaten face.


11 posted on 01/27/2014 9:27:41 PM PST by greene66
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To: chessplayer

12 posted on 01/27/2014 9:30:27 PM PST by Zakeet (If socialists understood economics, they wouldn't be socialists - Friedrich Hayek)
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To: chessplayer

Look away...I'm hideous...

13 posted on 01/27/2014 9:31:32 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: chessplayer
I like to eat.

People tell me the food I like to eat is "bad" for me.

I intend to die WITH A HAPPY TUMMY!

14 posted on 01/27/2014 9:36:53 PM PST by prisoner6 (FREEDOM)
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To: prisoner6

#6?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRPDO63rI1E


15 posted on 01/27/2014 9:39:21 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: chessplayer

he outlived plenty of the “health nuts” in his generation. God rest him.


16 posted on 01/27/2014 9:41:42 PM PST by dadfly
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To: dadfly

The Marlboro men:

Not commenting on quality of life or how horrible they died, just found these results interesting. (avg) is life expectancy of men born the same year they were

Eric Lawson died at 72 in 2014 (avg 64) LIVED 8 YEARS MORE THAN AVERAGE
David Millar died at 81 in 1987 (avg 47) LIVED 34 YEARS MORE THAN AVERAGE
David McLean died at 73 in 1995 (avg 58)LIVED 15 YEARS MORE THAN AVERAGE
Richard Hammer died at 69 in 1999 (avg 58)LIVED 11 YEARS MORE THAN AVERAGE
Wayne McLaren died at 51 in 1992 (avg 63) DIED 12 YEARS LESS THAN AVERAGE


17 posted on 01/27/2014 9:42:26 PM PST by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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To: dadfly

My Great Granny smoked corn silk behind the barn to the ripe old age of 96

Enjoy life.


18 posted on 01/27/2014 9:46:18 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: chessplayer

“Smoking takes ten years off your life. Well it’s the ten worst years, isn’t it folks? It’s the ones at the end! It’s the wheelchair, kidney dialysis, adult diaper years. You can have those years! We don’t want ‘em, alright?” - Dennis Leary


19 posted on 01/27/2014 9:46:30 PM PST by dfwgator
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LoL!!


20 posted on 01/27/2014 9:48:22 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: mylife
That would be telling.

A still tongue makes for a happy life.

BCNU!

21 posted on 01/27/2014 9:57:10 PM PST by prisoner6 (FREEDOM)
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To: chessplayer
And people have been seen pulling an oxygen bottle behind them with one hand with a cigarette in the other hand.

I actually knew one of them. Lifelong heavy smoker. She died at 100! It's got to be a genetic thing.
22 posted on 01/27/2014 9:57:42 PM PST by Trod Upon (Every penny given to film and TV media companies goes right into enemy coffers. Starve them out!)
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To: prisoner6

Amen


23 posted on 01/27/2014 9:58:34 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: chessplayer

My friend chained smoked for well over 30 years. He developed
heart disease in the 80s. I don’t know how he did it but he got
on a heart transplant list. The transplant was a success and he
did well for a few years but he took to smoking again. He died
of lung cancer. Waste of a heart, I suppose .


24 posted on 01/27/2014 10:01:12 PM PST by Sivad (NorCal red turf)
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To: Trod Upon

Silly woman could have made 105 /s


25 posted on 01/27/2014 10:01:30 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: mylife

Makes you wonder :)


26 posted on 01/27/2014 10:03:52 PM PST by Trod Upon (Every penny given to film and TV media companies goes right into enemy coffers. Starve them out!)
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To: Sivad

Did you pay for it?

What was yer gripe?


27 posted on 01/27/2014 10:05:16 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Sivad

Everybody is going to die of something... Sooner or later.


28 posted on 01/27/2014 10:06:19 PM PST by babygene ( .)
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To: Mastador1

He chose to light his first cigarette, but from then on it’s less of a choice and more a ruthless addiction. From what they say, cigarette companies actually try to make their product more addicting. I actually quit 4 times, each time the harder than the last. I can’t really blame someone for not being able to quit on their own.


29 posted on 01/27/2014 10:06:33 PM PST by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: chessplayer

I think maybe you have not seen many people die. Gasping for air is, shall we say, common in deaths that are not trauma.


30 posted on 01/27/2014 10:08:38 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: Trod Upon

Yes it does.

My father was a twin and he and my Uncle were thick as cotton..They lived the same way but Dad died first and uncle died 15 years later from an unrelated complication.

THEY were thick as cotton, shared the same genetics.


31 posted on 01/27/2014 10:10:47 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: babygene

Nobody escapes alive.


32 posted on 01/27/2014 10:12:38 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: icwhatudo

I think that your numbers are incorrect. It appears that you are not considering the fact that Lawson achieved 72 years of age, a fact that changes his life expectancy from what it was at birth. I’m looking at a table that DOES consider age, (and this table is from the early 1980’s) and it says that a 70 yr old white male has an expected additional 11.5 years of life left. So Lawson should have lived at least 81.5 years. My info is from a book titled “The New York Public Library Desk Reference” C.1989 by the N.Y. Public Library, page 612.


33 posted on 01/27/2014 10:18:09 PM PST by matthew fuller (Our enemy list- http://www.nraila.org/news-issues/fact-sheets/2004/anti-gun-lobbying-organizations..)
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When I go I want to go out peaceful like Pee Pah and not like all the people in his car that were screaming.

That is a true story


34 posted on 01/27/2014 10:19:36 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: mylife

Slow your roll, pard. I wasn’t passing judgment.
Why so defensive? For all you know I smoke a pack a day.
In fact, I dip Cope.


35 posted on 01/27/2014 10:23:19 PM PST by Sivad (NorCal red turf)
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Billy Joe Shaver~ Live Forever
36 posted on 01/27/2014 10:27:32 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Sivad

Aight Buddy.

No Offense.


37 posted on 01/27/2014 10:28:38 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Tuketu

Will you still be voting, too?


38 posted on 01/27/2014 10:29:22 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: mylife; icwhatudo

i know i’m going to be greatful to God if i get north of three score and ten.

i admit, though it’s too late for me, i’d sit up and take notice if one of these health paragons managed to live to 150 or so. there ought to be some sort of prize for it.


39 posted on 01/27/2014 10:32:46 PM PST by dadfly
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To: dadfly
LOL they drop like flys while wringing their hands!

It pains me to see them drop.

Have a smile. ☺

40 posted on 01/27/2014 10:37:49 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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Some of the posters on this thread have commented on the fact this guy lived beyond the normal life expectancy for males. I’m not trying to be harsh, but this is a quality of life issue too. You smoke for fifty years, your final days aren’t going to be quality days.

COPD, hauling around an oxygen tank, coughing up a lung...

I’m not here to stop anyone from smoking. If folks want to, that’s okay with me. You do realize you push insurance rates up for yourself. This costs your family. Your decline hurts the ones you love. They’d like to have a healthy you around for another decade.

Please don’t make comments that serve to mitigate the negative health problems associated with smoking.


41 posted on 01/27/2014 10:41:04 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Obama, the Islamic answer to how the U. S. would be ruled by an Islamic Cleric.)
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To: DoughtyOne

The thing is that life expectancy at birth factors in quality of medical care and health standards at the time you are born, as health care is always improving your life expectancy will continue to go up as you age.


42 posted on 01/27/2014 10:49:07 PM PST by LukeL
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To: All

For anyone who is trying to quit or encouraging someone to quit, the e-cig is the best thing to come down the pike in a long time. I have known several long term heavy smokers that have switched to the e-cig and enjoy it, and one quit the e-cig and is now nicotine free.


43 posted on 01/27/2014 10:50:36 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: DoughtyOne

I would rather sleep in the woods in a hollow log than stay you and let you treat me like a dog.

Who’s footing the bill?


44 posted on 01/27/2014 10:51:06 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HD-o28EjRXM


45 posted on 01/27/2014 10:54:11 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: icwhatudo

According to the social security administration actuarial chart for 2009, the average additional years a male of 72 would live was another 12.72 years, for an average lifespan of 84.72 years.

http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/STATS/table4c6.html


46 posted on 01/27/2014 10:55:47 PM PST by Seeing More Clearly Now
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To: chessplayer; dearolddad

I smoked up until 4 years ago when Freeper Dearolddad told me about his success with hypnotherapy. My wife and I made a booking with a psychologist who did this and have not had a smoke since! My heartfelt thanks to him as i no longer wake up coughing my lungs up every morning!

Mel


47 posted on 01/27/2014 10:56:52 PM PST by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong.)
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To: LukeL

That’s true. I do believe that the average when you die is what you should be held up against.

Thanks Luke.


48 posted on 01/27/2014 11:02:09 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Obama, the Islamic answer to how the U. S. would be ruled by an Islamic Cleric.)
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To: mylife

Well, in some instances the rates for the entire insurance pool rise due to a smoker’s elevated medical needs.

In some instances the smoker will have to pay elevated rates for insurance, health, life, et al.

This usually depends on whether the smoker can slip on on a group plan, or has to find insurance on his own.

I’m not sure if there is a medical test for group plans these days. There may be, and I’m not aware of it.

Smoking has become a very big deal. I know of some policies that ask if you have ever smoked in your life. They even want to know if you haven’t smoke in decades.


49 posted on 01/27/2014 11:05:38 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Obama, the Islamic answer to how the U. S. would be ruled by an Islamic Cleric.)
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To: DoughtyOne
I know of some policies that ask if you have ever smoked in your life.

If they can't squeeze enough out of current or past smokers, they'll start asking if you've ever been in a bar that allowed smoking, or passed someone on the street who was smoking. Even seeing someone smoke in a movie or on TV is enough to justify jacking your rates up a few hundred/month... it's just that dangerous you know.

50 posted on 01/27/2014 11:09:55 PM PST by Cementjungle
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