Monday, January 27, 2014

Cancer for Dummies

A story currently sinking in the quicksand of trending news is the recent smoking-related death of the rugged "Marlboro Man," an actor and model who represented that particular cigarette brand back in the 1980s. Eric Lawson died of smoking-related COPD on January 10, and was just one of several smoking Marlboro men who succumbed over the course of the ad campaign that began in the early 50s. Others include one who died of emphysema and another who died of lung cancer.

While this is not exactly new news, it bears repeating, especially since many young people now in their 20s still smoke: The latest Surgeon General's report links smoking to a long list of diseases including diabetes, liver cancer, colorectal cancer, and of course lung, mouth, head and neck and throat cancer. So if you still smoke you are a dummy, and if you keep it up you could be a dead dummy before long.

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