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Much has been made of the recent death of one-time "Marlboro Man" Eric Lawson because he, like several others who were hired for the job, died of smoking-related diseases.Lawson was 72 and died of COPD, the disease that recently caused the death of rock great Phil Everly and was also the cause of death of my mother back in 1999. Exactly how many rugged he-man types portrayed the Marlboro Man over the years isn't clear, although Lawson was one of dozens. His wife said Monday he was friendly with some of the others, including Wayne McLaren, a former rodeo rider who died in 1992 of lung cancer that he blamed on his lifelong smoking habit. . . .

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