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Not if you saw what was going on inside the human body every time you took a drag.



Here’s another stop smoking video to motivate you to quit smoking. We don’t care how you do it, just do it!

We would like to drive the point home visually for those of you out there who just don’t get it. So we start by saying, “What the hell is your problem?” Are you the type of person that reads something like this and says,”Hmmm, that’s not a bad idea!”


Or maybe this looks really sexy to you and makes your mouth water at the prospect of puttting another cancer stick in your mouth?


mmmm.. yummy isn’t it? or perhaps you are the type of person where one of these phrases makes sense to you? What is it going to take to get through to you?


Ohhhh ok we get it, you don’t think there’s really anything bad in a cigarette other than the nicotine…OK then don’t worry about the butane, the cadmium, the stearic acid, the industrial solvent, the insecticide and the toilet cleaner, the vinegar, the sewer gas, the arsenic, the carbon monoxide, and the rocket fuel that is in each and every cigarette.


But what are a couple of cigarettes going to do to me? Well lets look at the anatomy of your typical female. Now keep in mind, cigarettes are not choosy, they’ll poison and pounce on anyone who chooses to light up. But lets look shall we?


Starting from the head on down we have wrinkles, the inability to smell properly, bad breath, yellow teeth, the inability to taste correctly, gum disease,  a persistent hacking cough, a nice persistent back ache, more fat, the inability to go to the bathroom properly, lower chance of  having a child, and slower wound healing. Mmm.. makes you want to run right out and smoke doesn’t it?

Lastly lets look at some quick statistics of just what cigarettes and second hand smoke and its ilk do to people. Choose to pick your poison?


Listen, we don’t care HOW you quit smoking. In fact, the makers of Smoke Away would love for you to use our product, but more importantly, we want you to quit smoking using ANY product. Just quit. Not for us, for you, your family and your friends. If you want to talk to some people that have stopped smoking using our product, or people that are still in the throws of quitting, or people who have just plain quit,

Here is the most comprehensive list of what smoking does to you. The makers of Smoke Away ask you, what more do you need to know in order for you to quit smoking? How about 70 reasons not to smoke!

Cigarette Smoking causes:

  • Stained teeth, fingers, and hair
  • Increased frequency of colds, particularly chest colds and bronchitis
  • Asthma
  • Neuralgia
  • Gastrointestinal difficulties, constipation, diarrhea, and colitis
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Convulsions
  • Leukoflakia (smoker’s patch)
  • Insomnia
  • Heart murmur
  • Buerger’s disease (inflammation of blood vessel linings)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Arthritis
  • Smoker’s hack
  • Nervousness
  • Wrinkles and premature aging
  • Tension
  • Gastric, duodenal, and peptic ulcers
  • Lung cancer
  • Cancer of the lip, tongue, pharynx, larynx, and bladder
  • Emphysema
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Artherosclerosis & arteriosclerosis (thickening and loss of
    elasticity of the blood vessels with lessened blood flow)
  • Inflammation of the sinus passages
  • Tobacco angina (nicotine angina pectoris)
  • Pneumonia
  • Influenza
  • Pulmonary tuberculosis
  • Tobacco amblyopia
  • Impared hearing
  • Decreased sexual activity
  • Mental depression
  • Blood flow to the extremities is decreased (cold hands and feet).
  • Nicotine affects the nerve-muscle junctions, causing tremors and shaking.
  • Nicotine causes narrowing and constriction of the arteries, adding to the heart’s load.
  • Nicotine, through its ability to stimulate, causes excitement and anxiety.
  • Nicotine, an insecticide, makes the blood more viscous and decreases the available oxygen.
  • Nicotine adversely affects the breathing, sweating, intestinal, and heart actions of our autonomic nervous system.
  • Two to four cigarettes in a row increase blood fats 200 to 400%. The average smoker (30 cigerettes per day) has 4 to 6 times the chance of having heart disease if he’s in the 45-54 year age group.
  • If the mother smoked during pregnancy, her baby will average 6 ounces less and its pulse will be 30% faster than a non-smoker’s baby, and there’ll be withdrawal symptoms in the baby after birth.
  • Premature birth has been related to smoking by the mother.
  • There is a direct link between parents’ smoking and children’s respiratory disease.
  • Smoking causes widespread permanent destruction of the tiny air sacs (alveoli) and narrowing of small blood vessels in the lungs, decreasing the oxygen supply, requiring a higher blood pressure, thus causing extensive circulatory problems and premature heart attacks.
  • Smokers have difficulty running and exercising.
  • The cilia are tiny, delicate, hairlike coverings on the thin membrane of the surface of the lungs and trachea. This delicate lung-cleaning mechanism, in a cigarette smoker, at first paralyzes, then deteriorates, and is eventually made inoperative, through the complete destruction of the cilia. The smoker then must resort to coughing as a lung-cleaning method. This isn’t efficient, and more than a cupful of tars will have accumulated in his lungs by the time of his premature death.
  • Air pollution (auto exhausts, industry wastes, etc.) increases the lung cancer rate of the smoker, but not of the non-smoker. Apparently, the lung-cleaning cilia are alive and working for the non-smoker.
  • The time to recover from any specific ill, whether caused by smoking or not, is much longer for the smoker. Often, a non-smoker will survive a sickness from which he would have died had he smoked.
  • The non-smoker has no need to spend money to buy cigarettes, matches, lighters, holders, ashtrays, or to spend a dime a mile for that special trip to the store.
  • By dying earlier, the smoker will lose many tens of thousands of dollars in social security and other benefits which will naturally end up in the pockets of the non-smoker. The cigarette tax is more money from the smoker to the non-smoker.
  • The smoker is sick more often, explaining why he misses an average of 7½ work days per year, usually with a loss of pay, while the non-smoker will miss only 4½ days.
  • The overall bad health of the smoker results, on average, in a decrease of 8.3 years in his life expectancy, or about 12 to 14 minutes per cigarette.
  • The smoker’s body requires more sleep every night. This extra sleep must come from his spare time. Besides needing more sleep, smokers don’t sleep as well.
  • Smoking destroys vitamins, particularly vitamin C and the B’s.
  • Smoking has induced cancer in dogs.
  • Insurance rates can and will be higher for smokers.
  • Some 100,000 doctors stop smoking every year.
  • Foods will taste much better to non-smokers.
  • Smoking causes smelly breath; smelly house; smelly clothes; messy rugs and furniture, often burned; cigarettes lying around for kids to smoke (and matches to light);
  • Smoking is a bad influence on kids; you’re held in low esteem by your kids and your friends (even your smoking friends);
  • The inside of your home and auto windows need cleaning more often; death or property loss due to smoking in bed.
  • Smokers get into more auto accidents due to being less alert, having slower reflexes, and also due to fussing around while driving (lighting up, etc.).
  • A non-smoker would have to put on an additional 150 pounds in order to increase his mortality rate to that of an average smoker.
  • The fact that the tobacco industry provides work, that wouldn’t exist without it, is a myth. The money now wasted on tobacco, if diverted elsewhere, would create a wealth of new job openings in industries producing goods and services more useful to the society than cigarettes.
  • Smoking makes a person irritable and argumentative, partially due to a subconscious knowledge of all of the above facts.
  • Smoking has been related to brain damage and premature senility.
  • A smoker needs much more food and sleep since nicotine makes his body work harder and less efficiently and his heart beat faster, thus using more fuel and energy. This, together with the fact that a smoker loses much of his appetite and his taste for food, explains why smokers have less trouble keeping their weight down.
  • When one quits smoking, it’s IMPERATIVE that the intake of food is drastically reduced in order to keep the body weight normal.
  • Having to eat less is of course an additional saving of time and money.

You now have read over 70 facts and reasons why smoking is a) not good for you and b) can seriously shorten your life expectancy. What MORE do you need to know in order for you to quit smoking?

Just when you think you’re getting through to people a report comes along like this. Just when you start to see bars, restaurants, and public places banning cigarette smoking, a story such as this, with as attention grabbing of a headline as you will ever see, appears.

I wish I could say that it must be a mistake but apparently not.  According to the World Health Organization, One billion people may die of tobacco-related illness this century, almost all of them in developing countries. Thats 1 BILLION!  A billion people in developing countries will DIE.

There is not a more sobering statistic to me than when I read about a case where something is so totally preventable and yet people continuously and consciously make the wrong choice. Because of what? Boredom, a quest to be cool, poverty? Regardless of the circumstances, it’s obvious that not a lot of thought or care is going into the decision making process.

It’s almost the athlete’s mentality. When an athlete is at the peak of their physical form, when they are at their very best, they have a feeling of invincibility. As if they can never be beaten, can never fail, and that they can conquer all. People have this same feeling when they smoke. They feel nothing but the smokers high and the addiction, but have utterly no clue as to what is going on inside their bodies. In fact they won’t until it is too late as this latest statistic bears out.

To this end WHO has decided to roll out an unprecedented  global campaign to fight the spread of smoking and limit the reach that it currently has.

The effort provides the first comprehensive look at tobacco use, as well as smoking control and taxation policies, in 179 countries. It also lays out six strategies to reduce tobacco use, many used by rich countries in recent decades, although far from fully deployed even there.

Tobacco use is a risk factor for six of the world’s eight leading causes of death and causes about one in every 10 deaths of adults now. That toll is expected to rise steeply as tobacco companies target new customers, particularly women, in low-income countries, WHO officials said.

My question to the tobacco companies would be, how could you, with a clear conscience, target women in low income countries? How in the hell is that a strategy? Do these people sit in their board rooms and decide that this is a viable path to profitability?

“What we’re saying is that we don’t want to let that happen,” said Douglas Bettcher, director of the WHO Tobacco Free Initiative. “We want to see the operating environment of the tobacco companies become as difficult as possible in the near future.”

While WHO cannot force countries to make stringent tobacco control a priority, it hopes to convince them such efforts are cheap, proven, and especially beneficial to their poorest citizens.

“In many countries, money spent by the poor on cigarettes is taken away from what they could spend on health and education,” said Patrick Petit, a WHO economist who helped produce the 329-page report accompanying the initiative’s launch in New York.

Margaret Chan, WHO’s director-general, said the compilation of data is itself a powerful tool for change. “I truly believe that what gets measured gets done,” she said.

WHO is using marketing techniques reminiscent of the tobacco companies’. It has branded the campaign MPOWER — each letter represents one of six strategies — and is eschewing scare tactics in favor of the theme “fresh and alive.” Press materials came with a box that looks like a pack of cigarettes and contains a pad and pens describing the elements of the campaign.

The six strategies are: 1) Monitoring tobacco use and control policy 2)Protecting people by enforcing “smoke-free” laws 3)Offering smokers nicotine replacement and counseling programs 4)Warning on cigarette packs about smoking’s hazards 5)Enforcing bans on tobacco advertising and promotion and 6)Raising the price of tobacco through taxes.

Numerous studies have shown that raising the price of cigarettes is by far the most powerful strategy. For every 10 percent increase in price, cigarette consumption drops about 4 percent overall and about 8 percent in young people.

While some cities, states and provinces employ the strategies in a coordinated fashion, no countries do so, the WHO report said. Uruguay employs the most of any nation — three: graphic pack warnings, a ban on smoking in public buildings and free smoking-cessation help. The United States employs two, at least to a degree: national monitoring and a national ban on many forms of tobacco advertising.

Only 5 percent of the global population is protected by laws to curb smoking; only 5 percent live in countries that completely ban tobacco advertising and event sponsorship; and only 6 percent live in places where cigarette packs carry pictorial warnings of smoking’s hazards. (In Brazil, some packs feature a man with a tracheotomy, a breathing hole created in the front of the neck after treatment for throat cancer).

The report sketches a picture of huge diversity between countries and regions in current tobacco use.

In Greece, 59% of men smoke cigarettes every day; in Sweden, 15% do. 38% of Serbian women smoke, but only 1% of women in Kyrgyzstan do. In Indonesia, 65% of men are smokers, but only 4% of women.

Nearly 2/3 of the world’s smokers live in 10 countries, with China accounting for nearly 30%. About 100 million Chinese men now under 30 will die from tobacco use unless they quit, the report said.

In India, which is second to China in the number of smokers, tobacco control is complicated by the fact there are two types of cigarettes that are priced and taxed differently.

In 2006, Indians smoked about 106 billion conventional cigarettes and 1 trillion “biris.” The latter are loosely packed combinations of tobacco and flavorings such as chocolate or clove, wrapped in a leaf of the tendu tree.

Biris are made in thousands of small factories and home workshops and cost about 10 cents for a pack of 25. They are taxed at a lower rate than normal cigarettes, ostensibly to protect the poor, who are their main consumers.

WHO’s campaign was put together with financial help from a philanthropy run by New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, a billionaire businessman. He is giving $125 million over two years for global tobacco control and helped pay for the country-by-country survey that provided baseline data for the campaign.

In New York, he created one of the most comprehensive anti-smoking programs in the country. His advocacy of higher tobacco taxes has pushed the average price of a pack of cigarettes there to $6.20, and he is seeking another 50-cent increase.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in June that the percentage of adult New Yorkers who smoke fell from 22 to 18 from 2002 to 2006, with the steepest drop in people 18 to 24 years old.

The campaign organizers held two news conferences in New York yesterday, one at the United Nations, WHO’s parent organization. U.N. headquarters is about the only place in the city where a smoking ban is not enforced, because the U.N. campus is autonomous territory. The Vienna Cafe there is packed with smokers all day long. It used to have signs saying “Smoking Discouraged,” but they haven’t been in evidence recently.

Clearly things need to be done quickly. Who needs to worry about global warming this century when a billion people will be gone? We want you to quit, we don’t care what method you use, though we would love for you to use our product. The bottom line, just quit for the sake of you and your family and friends.

Tobacco companies have marketed their products with well thought out campaigns utilizing all of the media, including print media, the movies, television and musicians. The images of Hollywood stars and musicians smoking have had an influence on people’s decisions to start smoking. People, and especially young people, see these images, and imagine how cool they would look if they smoked. They think it is sexy to smoke. They it is cool? There is absolutely zero “cool” factor to smoking. Here’s a quick question to any teens or college aged readers out there:  How does it taste to “make-out” with someone who smokes? Do you enjoy it in the least bit?

Smoking is not sexy

There are other reasons people start smoking, but more often than not, it is because of the image that is created in their minds through the use of movies and media that prtray smoking as a “prop” that makes the scene and the actor more Believable!!!  Could they be any further from the facts or truth?

What is cool about smoking? Nothing!

In some parts of the world smoking is viewed as a “rite of passage”. Seeing third world youngsters smoking, some of them 10 years and younger, is not unusual. But my question to you and them, what education is going on to teach and explain to them the hazards and dangers of smoking? None. So they smoke.

Smoking has zero appeal

Most people get started smoking with their first cigarettes given to them by older friends or family members.  Or they sneak it from someone else or they get someone to buy them their first pack of squares. It’s obvious who the new smokers are, because they are trying like hell to look cool. Little do they know what is in store for them if they do not stop. How depressing is it to see Santa smoking? Such was the mentality many years ago!

Santa smoking

Part of the reason they smoke is to be a part of the crowd that they admire or people they aspire to emulate. Many times their peers encourage them to start, and even show them how it is done, even how to do things such as blowing smoke rings, etc. Because they are not part of a particular clique, they use smoking as a crutch to support them and give them an identity.

Lets blow nicotine in each others face!

It is about image more than anything else as most people would agree that the first cigarette is certainly not pleasant. If food tasted that bad most of us would never eat again. It becomes a challenge to overcome the coughing, burning throat, the choking, the burning of the eyes. If something is seen to be cool or fashionable then there will be many people who will do it simply to be accepted by their peers.

Winston Does not taste good!

The majority of people find that smoking tastes bad and makes them feel bad until they become accustomed to the taste then those feelings disappear. By that time they have started to become addicted to the tobacco and nicotine and a new problem presents itself.

Tennis and Smoking, I don’t think so!

Statistics show that the majority of people who smoke wish they had never started, if only they could wind back the clock they would certainly never have started. They fool themselves into thinking that they can quit any time they want. After a few tries at quitting they buy into the notions that quitting is too hard, they do not have the will power, smoking is really not as bad as people say. They begin to justify their habit with comments like;

  • I really enjoy smoking,
  • It relaxes me,
  • It keeps me thin.
  • I can quit any time I want.

After a very short time the addictive nature of tobacco and nicotine start to control the smoking habit, which makes so many people continue to smoke long after they realize the many ways it is affecting their health. Knowing that they are shortening their life is generally not enough incentive to quit.


Basically we want you to quit, no mattter which way you go. Just make sure that you make 2007 the last time you even think about smoking.

Here is a video that will make you think the next time you or your friend takes a drag on a cigarette.

And another…

On the lighter side, or maybe not?

Now that you have seen what smoking can do to you, as if you had not already known that, isn’t it time you did something about it?

Maybe this well help drive the point home!. Look at this list of people who died from smoking related illnesses, Look how old they all were as well.

Allen, Gracie, 58, actress; heart attack (August 27, 1964)
The Burns and Allen Show
Allen lived with an George Burns, an inveterate cigar smoker, for 38 years; she had a long history of heart problems.

Ambrose, Stephen E., 66, historian; lung cancer (October 13, 2002)
Band of Brothers, The Good Fight, Nothing Like it in the World

Armstrong, Louis, 74, musician, heart attack (July 6, 1971)
Armstrong, a smoker, advertised Camels.

Arnaz, Desi, actor, lung cancer (December 2, 1986)

Lucy/Desi Ad
Lucy & Desi plug Philip Morris Check out the Philip Morris commercial at:

Astor, Mary, 81, actress; emphysema (September 24, 1987)
The Maltese Falcon

Baldwin, James, 63, author, esophageal cancer.(November 30, 1987)
Go Tell it on the Mountain; The Fire Next Time

Ball, Lucille, actress, aortic aneurism (Helen Gurley Brown claims cause of death was “smoking-induced lung cancer”)
I Love Lucy Lucy & Ricky Call for Philip Morris
See the “I Love Lucy” entry at the Female Celebrity Smoking LIst

Bankhead, Tallulah, 65, actress; lung cancer or emphysema (December 12, 1968)
The Blue Angel

Barger, Carl, President, Florida Marlins; aortic aneurysm (December 9, 1992)

Barker, George Granville, 78, English Poet; emphysema (October 31, 1992)

Basie, William “Count”, 79 Band Leader; pancreatic cancer (1984)
smoker; advertised camels

Becaud, Gilbert, 74 Singer; cancer (December 17, 2001)
Et maintenant (What Now My Love?)

Bel Geddes, Barbara, 82, Actress; lung cancer (August 8, 2005)
First “Maggie” in ” Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” on Broadway; Miss Ellie Ewing, “Dallas”

Benson, Renaldo “Obie”, 69, Singer; lung cancer (July 1, 2005)
The lung cancer was discovered when he had a leg amputated several weeks before because of circulation problems
The Four Tops “Baby I Need Your Loving,” ”Reach Out (I’ll be There),” ”I Can’t Help Myself,” ”Standing in the Shadows of Love.” Wrote

  • “What’s Goin’ On?”Benny, Jack, 80, comedian/violinist; pancreatic cancer (December 26, 1974)Benaderet, Bea, 62, TV actress; emphysema/lung cancer (October 13, 1968)
    Beverly Hillbillies, Burns & Allen, Petticoat Junction, Betty Rubble’s voice in The FlintstonesBernstein, Leonard, 72, composer, conductor; heart attack due to lung failure (October 14, 1990)Blake, Amanda, 60, actress; throat cancer complicated by a type of viral hepatitis brought on by AIDS, according to her physician, Lou Nishimura. (August 16, 1989)
    Miss Kitty on Gunsmoke;
    At 48, Blake, once a 2-pack a day smoker, had a malignant tumor removed from her tongue; she re-learned how to speak, toured for the American Cancer Society, and fought oral cancer until her death 12 years later. President Reagan presented her with the ACS’s “Courage Award” in 1984. Dr. Nishimura contributed his information in a 1991 UPI item.

    Blakey, Art,71, jazz drummer and band leader; lung cancer (1990)

    Blass, Bill,79, fashion designer; throat cancer (June 12, 2002)

    Brand, Neville,71, actor; emphysema (1992)

    Bogart, Humphrey, 57, actor; cancer of the esophagus (January 14, 1957)


    Boone, Richard, 64, actor; throat cancer (January 10, 1981)
    Have Gun, Will Travel; The Kremlin Letter

    Brand, Neville, 69, actor; decorated WWII soldier; emphysema (April 16, 1992)
    D.O.A., Stalag 17, That Darn Cat!

    Brinegar, Paul, 77, actor; emphysema (March 27, 1995)
    Wishbone, Rawhide

    Brynner, Yul, 65, actor; lung cancer (October 10, 1985)
    The King and I
    Diagnosed in 1983, Brynner made a memorable anti-smoking commercial.

    Buck, Frank, 66, writer/adventurer, lung cancer (1950)
    Bring ‘Em Back Alive

    Butler, John, 56, General Manager of the San Diego Chargers football team, lung cancer (April 11, 2003)

    Caen, Herb; SF columnist; lung cancer (February 1, 1997)

    Calhoun, Rory, 76, actor; emphysema (April 28, 1999)
    TV: The Texan, Capitol Calhoun’s Chesterfield ad is PM Bates# 2023238532

    Caldwell, Erskine, 83, author; lung cancer (April 11, 1987)
    Tobacco Road, God’s Little Acre

    Candy, John, 43, actor; heart attack (March 4, 1994)
    Second City TV; Planes, Trains and Automobiles

    Cantineflas (Mario Moreno Reyes), 81, popular Mexican comedian; lung cancer (April 20, 1993)

    Carson, Johnny, 79, talk show host; emphysema (January 23, 2005). Carson also had heart problems, including a bypass operation in 1999.
    The Tonight Show

    Carr, Allen, 72, British-based, world-wide quit-smoking guru; lung cancer (November 29, 2006).
    Allen Carr’s Easyway

    Carver, Raymond, 50, author; lung cancer (August 2, 1988)
    What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, Fires: Essays, Poems, Stories

    Caruso, Enrico, 48, opera singer; absesses from pleurisy of the lungs (August 2, 1921)
    Smoked 2 packs of Egyptian cigarettes a day.

    Cassidy, Jack, 50, actor; died in a fire from smoking in bed (December 12, 1976)
    Father of Patrick, Shaun and David Cassidy

    Cervone, Ed, 56, artist; lung cancer (2001)

    Cipollone, Rose, 58, housewife; lung cancer (1984)

    Clooney, Rosemary, 74, singer, actress; lung cancer (June 30, 2002)
    MOVIES: White Christmas SONGS: Come on-a My House

    Cobb, Ty, 74, baseball player; cancer, diabetes, chronic heart disease (July 17, 1961)

    Cole, Nat “King”, 45, singer, first African-American TV show host; died after surgery for lung cancer (February 15, 1965)
    The Christmas Song, Unforgettable

    Cooper, Wilhelmina Behmenburg, 40, model; lung cancer

    Connors, Chuck, 71; actor; lung cancer (November 10, 1992)
    The Rifleman

    Coward, Noel, 73, playwright, entertainer; heart attack (March 26, 1973

    Cooper, Gary, 60, actor; lung cancer (May 13, 1961)
    High Noon, Sgt. York Advertised Chesterfields

    Cooper, Wilhelmina Behmenburg, 40, modeling agency pioneer; throat cancer (1980)

    Crawford, Victor,63, tobacco lobbyist-turned-tobacco-control-advocate; lung cancer (March 2, 1996)
    Coined the phrase, “Health Nazis” I used the oldest trick in the book — when there’s no way you can attack the message, attack the messenger. There was no way I could attack anything advocates said about health and addiction and win. It wasn’t even an option. So I’d always say, `Well, the jury’s still out on the health stuff, but that’s not the real issue. The real issue is freedom of choice, freedom of choice, and these health Nazis want to take it away!'”

    Crosby, Gary, 61, author, son of Bing Crosby; lung cancer (August 24, 1995)
    Going My Own Way (1983)

    Davis, Bette, 81, stroke (1989)

    Davis, Jr., Sammy, 64, entertainer; throat cancer (May 16, 1990)

    Dederich, Charles E., 83, addiction counselor, heart and lung failure (March 4, 1997)
    Founder and head of Synanon, Dederich in 1971 decided not only to stop supplying his community of ex-heroin addicts cigarettes without charge but also to ban smoking on Synanon property. The next year is one of the most tumultuous in Synanon’s history to that point. About 100 people left. At least one member told the New York Times that quitting tobacco was much harder than quitting heroin.

    Desmond, Paul, 52, musician, composer, bon vivant; lung cancer (May 30, 1977)
    Alto saxophone; Take Five with Dave Brubeck quartet

    Dewhurst, Colleen, 67, actress, lung cancer (1991)

    Diamond, Selma, 64, actress; lung cancer (May 14, 1985)
    Night Court, My Favorite Year, It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

    Disney, Walt, 65, animator, producer; lung cancer (acute circulatory collapse following an operation to remove a tumor) (December 15, 1966)

    Dorsey, Jimmy, 53, musician, bandleader; lung cancer (June 12, 1957)
    So Rare, Tangerine

    Downey, Morton, Jr. , 67, talk show host, actor (“The Mouth”); lung cancer (March 11, 2001)
    The Morton Downey Jr. Show.

    Duisenberg, Wim , 70, heart attack, July 31, 2005
    Former European Central Bank chief who helped create the euro currency. Duisenberg “died a natural death, due to drowning, after a cardiac problem.”

    Eliot, T.S., 76; author, poet; emphysema (January 4, 1965)
    The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, The Hallow Men, Murder in the Cathedral

    Faria, Mimi, 56; singer, activist; complications from lung cancer (July 18, 2001)
    Reflections in a Crystal Wind, Bread and Roses founder; sister of Joan Baez, wife of Richard Faria

    Ellington, Duke, 75; composer/band leader; lung cancer/pneumonia (May 24, 1974)
    Sophisticated Lady, It Don’t Mean a Thing if It Ain’t Got that Swing

    Fenneman, George, 77; announcer, actor; emphysema (May 19, 1997)
    Groucho Marx sidekick, You Bet Your Life

    Finks, Jim, 65; football team president/manager; lung cancer (1993)
    Much-admired New Orleans Saints football team president and general manager. Credited with helping to bring about the return of the Chicago Cubs and New Orleans Saints. From Tobacco News, 6/10/93: There is no smoking anymore on the grounds of the New Orleans Saints’ mini camp. Signs went up on orders of owner Tom Benson, after . . . Jim Finks was diagnosed with lung cancer April 30. “There’s no smoking anywhere on the Saints property,” Coach Jim Mora said. “And I mean anywhere.”

    Fitzgerald, F. Scott, 44, writer; heart attack (December 21, 1940)
    The Great Gatsby

    Fleming, Ian, 56, author; heart attack (August 12, 1964)
    James Bond novels

    Flood, Curt, 59, baseball player/free agent advocate; throat cancer (January, 1997)

    Flynn, Errol, 50, actor; heart attack (October 14, 1959)
    Robin Hood, Captain Blood
    Sidelight: In his youth, Flynn ran a tobacco plantation in New Guinea

    Fosse, Bob, 60, dancer/choreographer, smoked 4 packs a day; heart attack (1987)

    Freud, Sigmund, 83, cancer of the jaw (1939)

    Gable, Clark, 59, actor; heart attack (November 16, 1960)
    The Misfits

    Gainsbourg, Serge, 63, poet, pop singer-songwriter, actor and director; heart attack (March 2, 1991)
    Je t’aime… moi non plus

    Gargan, William, 73, actor; heart attack (February 17, 1979)
    50s TV detective series, Martin Kane
    Gargan would hang out at Happy McMann’s Tobacco shop, touting his sponsor’s products. His career ended when he lost his larynx to cancer in 1960. He became the spokesman for the American Cancer Society, speaking out against smoking.

    Gassman, Vittorio, 77, Actor, author; heart attack (June 29, 2000)
    Bitter Rice, Mambo, Scent of a Woman (1974)
    “Suffering chronically from emphysema, bronchitis, high blood pressure and depression, the cigar-smoking Gassman abandoned stage acting in February, telling his final audience ruefully: ‘Death does not obsess me–it disgusts me.'”–LA Times, 7/1/00

    Giamatti, Bart, 51, baseball commissioner; heart attack (1990)

    Godfrey, Arthur, 80, radio/TV entertainer; emphysema (diagnosed with lung cancer in 1959, then recovered after surgery) (March 16, 1983)
    Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts “Smoke ’em by the carton”; also advised people not to smoke, but if they did, to smoke Chesterfields. For a classic medical claim, see,

    Goizueta, Roberto, 65, Coca-Cola CEO, lung cancer (October 18, 1997)

    Gotti, John, 61, Mafia Don, throat cancer (June 10, 2002)
    The once-powerful boss was 100lbs when he died, and hadn’t eaten solid food in a year.

    Grant, General Ulysses S., 63, throat cancer (July 23, 1885)
    18th President of the US

    Grable, Betty, 56, “pin-up” girl, actress; lung cancer (July 2, 1973)
    How to Marry a Millionaire

    Gray, Les, 57, singer, heart attack. (February 21, 2004)
    The lead singer of 1970s chart topping band “Mud” had been battling against throat cancer, and had opted for chemotherapy over removal of his voice box.

    Gzowski, Peter, 67, Radio host (“The Voice of Canada”); COPD/emphysema (January 24,, 2002)

    Guardino, Harry, 69, actor; lung cancer (July 17, 1995)

    Hamilton, Carrie, 38, writer, producer; lung cancer (January, 2002)
    Daughter of Carol Burnett

    Hammett, Dashiell, 67, writer; lung cancer (January 10, 1961)
    The Maltese Flacon; The Thin Man

    Hansberry, Lorraine, 34, playwright; lung cancer (1965)
    A Raisin in the Sun, To Be Young, Gifted, and Black

    Harrison, George, 58, musician; lung cancer (November 29, 2001)
    The “Quiet Beatle.” He had been battling various forms of the disease for at least three years: In 1998, he underwent radiation therapy for throat cancer, which he attributed to years of smoking.

    Haynes, Lloyd, 52, TV actor; lung cancer (December 31, 1986)
    General Hospital, Mr. Dixon in Room 222

    Hayward, Susan, 55, actor; lung cancer metastized to her brain (March 14, 1975)
    I’ll Cry Tomorrow, I Want to Live!

    Heckart, Eileen, 82, actress, cancer (December 31, 2001)
    Butterflies Are Fee, Bus Stop, Somebody Up There Likes Me

    Hellman, Lillian, 79, author; lung cancer (June 30, 1984)
    The Little Foxes, The Children’s Hour

    Henderson, Joe, 64, jazz tenor saxophonist; heart failure following a long bout with emphysema. (June 30, 2001)

    Hobbs, Elsbeary, singer; throat and lung cancer (May 31, 1996)
    Bass singer with The Drifters
    Under the Boardwalk, On Broadway, There Goes My Baby

    Holliday, Judy, 43, actress; throat cancer (June 7, 1965)
    Born Yesterday

    Humphrey, Hubert, Vice-President under Johnson, 66, bladder cancer (1978)

    Huntley, Chet, actor, news commentator; lung cancer (1974)

    Huston, John, 81, director; emphysema/pneumonia (1987)

    Howard, Mo, 77, actor; lung cancer
    The “boss stooge” of The Three Stooges

    Ives, Burl, 85, actor; oral cancer (April 14, 1995)
    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; The Big Country

    James, Dennis, 79; announcer, actor, game show host; lung cancer (June 5, 1997)
    Voice of Old Gold Cigarettes when they danced died of lung cancer 30 years after quitting smoking. Had spurned lucrative tobacco contract after SG’s report.

    Jennings, Peter, 67, newscaster; lung cancer (August 7, 2005)
    Anchorman, ABC’s World News Tonight

    Jones, Lindley Armstrong (“Spike”), 53; comedic composer/band leader; emphysema (May 1, 1965)
    Smoked 5 packs a day

    Jones, Etta, 72; singer; lung cancer (Oct. 16, 2001)

    Karloff, Boris, 81, actor; heart and lung disease (emphysema) (February 2, 1969)
    Frankenstein; Targets

    Kaufman, Andy, 35, lung cancer (1984)(Kaufman only smoked in-character, but played for years in smoky clubs.)

    Kieslowski, Krzystof, 54, film director; heart attack (March 13, 1996)
    Blue, White, Red
    Retired to a house in 1994: “There is a veranda and a chair. I’ll have lots of books, lots of cigarettes, lots of coffee. Don’t you sometimes dream of the same thing?”

    King Edward VII of England, 69, pneumonia; he suffered for years from a series of heart attacks, chronic bronchitis and emphysema. (May 6, 1910)
    As the Prince of Wales he helped make smoking, and particularly cigar smoking, fashionable. He smoked twelve large cigars and twenty cigarettes a day. In 1876, he gave Benson & Hedges its first royal warrant. Edward VII became king on the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, at the age of 59. Legend has it that he said to his friends in Buckingham Palace upon his mother’s death: “Gentlemen, you may smoke.”

    King Edward VIII of England, 77, throat cancer. May 28, 1972
    Later titled as: Duke of Windsor when he abdicated the throne to marry Mrs. Wallis Warfield Simpson.

    King George V of England, 70; he suffered from bronchitis and numerous lung problems; his death was thought to be from a viral respiratory infection. (January 20, 1936)

    King George VI of England, 56; a lung cancer sufferer who had had part of his lung removed, he died of a massive heart attack. (February 6, 1952)
    Father of Queen Elizabeth II

    Keaton, Buster, 71, deadpan silent film actor; lung cancer (February 1, 1966)
    The General

    Kendrick, Eddie, 52; singer; (1992)
    The Temptations
    Asked kids not to smoke.

    Knapp, Caroline, 42; writer; lung cancer(2002)
    Drinking: A Love Story; Appetites
    In “Drinking,” she attends a stop-smoking session, but decides alcohol is her real problem; is puzzled when her dying mother askes her to give up smoking.”Appetites” does not address smoking at all.

    Knotts, Don 81,actor; lung cancer (February 24, 2006)
    “The Andy Griffith Show,” “Three’s Company,” “The Incredible Mr. Limpet” (1964), “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken” (1966)

    Kovacs, Ernie, 43; TV personality; skull fracture from an automobile accident caused while he was trying to light his trademark cigar (January 11, 1962)

    L’Amour, Louis, 80, author; lung cancer. (June 10, 1988)
    High Lonesome, Comstock Load, Hondo, Sackett

    Landon, Michael, 54, actor, smoked 4 packs a day; cancer of the pancreas and liver (July 1, 1991)
    Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie; I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957)

    Lerner, Alan Jay, 67, playwright, lyricist; lung cancer. (June 14, 1986)
    My Fair Lady, Brigadoon, An American In Paris, Gigi, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Camelot

    London, Julie, 74, singer, actress; complications from stroke (October 18, 2000)
    Cry Me a River (1956), Emergency (70s TV series), “The Marlboro Song” (early 60s)

    Marchand, Nancy, 71, actress; lung cancer (June 18, 2000)
    The Sopranos, Lou Grant

    Maris, Roger, 51, baseball player; lung cancer [disputed; some say he died of lymphoma].
    The home-run record holder appeared in Camel ads in the 60s

    Martin, Dean, 78, singer; acute respiratory failure. (December 25, 1995)
    Ocean’s Eleven

    Marvin, Lee, 67, actor; heart attack. (August 29, 1987)
    Cat Ballou

    Marx, Groucho, 86, actor/entertainer; lung cancer. (Aug. 19, 1977) (Disputed: cause of death may have been pneumonia. Groucho had been ailing since he had a heart attack and several strokes in 1971)
    A Day at the Races; You Bet Your Life

    Matthau, Walter, 79, actor; heart attack. (June 30, 2000)
    The Fortune Cookie, The Odd Couple, Grumpy Old Men
    While making “The Fortune Cookie” in 1966, he suffered a serious heart attack. His doctor attributed it to smoking three packs a day and constant worry about gambling and told him to give up both. Matthau stopped smoking. In 1976, he underwent heart bypass surgery.

    Maxwell, Marilyn, 49, actress/performer; “heart attack brought on by high blood pressure and a pulmonary ailment”–IMDB (March 20, 1972)

    McLaren, Wayne, 51; model; lung cancer (Summer, 1992)
    “Marlboro Cowboy”. At a Philip Morris shareholders meeting, he asked the company to limit their advertising.

    McLean, David, 73; Former TV “Marlboro Man,” actor/model; lung cancer (Oct. 12, 1995)

    McLure, Doug, 56; TV actor; lung cancer (February 5, 1995)
    The Virginian

    McQueen, Steve, actor; lung cancer McQueen Viceroy commercial

    Meadows, Audrey, 71, actress; lung cancer (Feb. 3, 1996)
    The Honeymooners

    Mercouri, Melina, 68, actress; lung cancer (March 6, 1994)
    Never on Sunday

    Merrill, Gary, 74, actor; lung cancer (March 5, 1990)
    All About Eve, Dr. Gillespie on Young Dr. Kildaire Husband of Bette Davis

    Millar, David, model; complications from emphysema.
    According to his sister, Millar was the first Marlboro Man.

    Mitchum, Robert, 79, actor; emphysema, lung cancer (July 1, 1997)
    The Night of the Hunter, Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison, Cape Fear, The Big Sleep, That Championship Season

    Moore, Gary, 78, game show host; emphsema, November 28, 1993
    I’ve Got a Secret, To Tell the Truth

    Moorehead, Agnes, 73, actress; lung cancer (April 30, 1974)
    TV: Bewitched Movies: Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons, Show Boat (1955)

    Morton, Gary, 74, actor, stand-up comic, producer; lung cancer (March 30, 1999)
    “The Lucy Show” (1962-8); “Here’s Lucy” (1968-74); “Life with Lucy” (1986)

    Muller, Heiner, 66, playwright; throat cancer (Dec. 30, 1995)
    Revered German playwright, poet, director, translator

    Murrow, Edward R., 57, newscaster; lung cancer. ( April 27, 1965)
    Host of The Camel News Caravan

    Nixon, Pat, 81, First Lady of the US, 1969-74; multiple conditions. ( June 22, 1993)
    The wife of Richard M. Nixon suffered strokes in 1976 and 1982. Had mouth cancer, emphysema and lung cancer.

    Nye, Carrie, 69, stage actress; lung cancer (July 14, 2006)
    Wife of Dick Cavett, who said, “she tried to quit a couple of times [but smoking] became part of her early persona; perhaps based on Tallulah Bankhead or Marlene Dietrich.”

    Oliver, Susan, 53, actress, author; lung cancer (May 10, 1990)
    Vina the slave girl in the first episode of Star Trek

    Orbison, Roy, 52, singer, heart attack (December 6, 1988)
    Crying, Only the Lonely, Pretty Woman

    Onassis, Jacquie, 64, First Lady 1961-63; non-hodgkins lymphoma (May 19, 1994)
    Reputedly a 3-pack-a-day chain-smoker (variously reported as Salem, Newport, L&M, Pall Mall, Marlboro and Merit), who concealed the habit from the public, and quit when she received the cancer diagnosis.

    O’Neal, Patrick, 66, actor; lung cancer (August, 1994)
    The Kremlin Letter

    Owens, Jesse, 66, track star; lung cancer
    1936 Gold Medal winner at the Berlin Olympics; first cigarette pitchman to target blacks (Lucky Strike)

    Palladin, Jean-Louis, 555, chef; lung cancer (November 25, 2001)

    Palmer, Robert, 54, British rock star; heart attack (September 26, 2003)
    Addicted to Love (1986)

    Parks, Bert, 77, actor/singer; lung cancer (February 2, 1992)

    Patchett, Jean, 75, fashion model; emphysema (January 22, 2002)

    Patterson, Jennifer, 71, TV cook; lung cancer (August 10, 1999)
    Two Fat Ladies (UK)

    Peppard, George, actor; “complications arising from the treatment of cancer”; Peppard had smoked 2 packs a day until 1993, when he had a cancerous tumor removed from his lung (May 8, 1995)
    Breakfast at Tiffany’s, A-Team

    Powell, Dick, 59, actor; lung cancer (1963)

    Price, Vincent, 82, actor; lung cancer (October 26, 1993)
    The Tingler, The Fall of the House of Usher

    Puccini, Giacomo, 65, opera composer; throat cancer (1924)
    La Boheme, Tosca, Madame Butterfly

    Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowden, 71, UK Royal Family; stroke/heart attack (February 9, 2002)
    During her life, she suffered migraines, laryngitis, bronchitis, hepatitis and pneumonia. In 1985, tissue taken from her left lung proved to be benign. This did not stop her smoking; nor did the fact that four monarchs – Edward VII, George V, Edward VIII and the Princess’s own father, George VI – died of smoking-related illnesses. Within months of the biopsy operation she was smoking 30 cigarettes a day. She had apparently given up smoking when she suffered her first, mild stroke in 1998.

    Ramsey, Anne, 59, actress; throat cancer (August 11, 1988)
    Throw Mama from the Train

    Rand, Ayn, 78, author/philosopher; heart failure/lung cancer (March 6, 1982)
    The Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged

    Rawls, Lou, 72, singer; lung cancer (January 6, 2006)

    Ray, Aldo, 64, actor; complications from throat cancer, pneumonia (March 27, 1991)

    Reasoner, Harry, newscaster; lung cancer, pneumonia (August 6, 1991)
    60 Minutes

    Reese, Pee-Wee, 81, baseball player; lung cancer (August 14, 1999).
    Brooklyn Dodgers shortstop

    Reeve, Dana, 44, actress, singer, author, motivational speaker, advocate; lung cancer (March 6, 2006).
    Many news reports noted that the nonsmoking widow and caregiver of actor Christopher Reeve had spent a lot of time performing in smoky nightclubs.

    Remick, Lee, 55, actress; lung and liver cancer (July 2, 1991)
    A Face in the Crowd, The Long Hot Summer, Anatomy of a Murder

    Reinach, Jacquelyn, 70, writer; lung cancer (September 30, 2000)
    Sweet Pickles (Children’s book classic); Know the Facts: Keep Your Power A young person’s anti-smoking program which won an Emmy in 1993

    Reynolds, R.J. Sr., 67, founder of RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co., pancreatic cancer (1916)

    Reynolds, R.J. Jr., 58, emphysema

    Reynolds, R.J. III, 60, emphysema, (1994)

    Richards, Ann, 73, Texas Governor, esophageal cancer (September 14, 2006)

    Ripken, Cal Sr., 83, baseball coach, lung cancer(1994)

    Rogers, Stan, 33, Canadian folksinger, airliner fire caused by smoking(1983)
    “Northwest Passage,” “The Mary Ellen Carter.” This incident was instrumental in the later ban on airplane smoking. See

    Ruff, Patsy, 56, one of the world’s first successful double-lung transplants, kidney failure (October 21, 2000)
    After her 1987 transplant, Ruff worked for the American Lung Association, warning about smoking. . . the anti-rejection drugs Ruff took led eventually to kidney failure.

    Rugova, Ibrahim, 61, writer, first President of Kosovo (2002-2006); lung cancer (January 21, 2006)
    Chain-smoking fighter for ethnic Albanians, and equal rights for Kosovo province with Serbia; opposed Yugoslavian President Miloscevic.

    Ruth, Babe, 53, baseball player. Naso-pharyngeal cancer. (August 16, 1948)

    Sartre, Jean-Paul, 74, philosopher (existentialism), author; After 2 heart attacks (1971, 1973), his health was never the same; his sight failed almost totally and his production diminished; In March of 1980, he was hospitalized for edema of the lungs, and died a few weeks later. (April 13, 1980)
    1964 Nobel Prize in Literature No Exit, Nauseau, St. Genet

    Sayre, Nora, 68, author; emphysema (August 8, 2001)
    “Sixties Going on Seventies” (1973), “Running Time: Films of the Cold War” (1982), “Previous Convictions: A Journey Through the 1950s” (1995), and “On the Wing: A Young American Abroad” (2001) “Known for her chain-smoking and irascible personality”

    Schiavelli, Vincent, 57, actor (December 26, 2005)
    Popular droopy-eyed character actor. “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Ghost”

    Schippers, Thomas, 47, conductor, musical director; lung cancer (December 16, 1977)
    Co-founderof the Spoleto arts Festival

    Scott, George C., 71, actor; ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm (September 22, 1999)
    Scott suffered several heart attacks over the years. He claimed he got his gravelly voice from “smoking too many cigarettes.”
    Patton, Dr. Strangelove, The Hustler, Anatomy of a Murder, The Hospital

    Scotti, Vito, 78, actor; lung cancer (June 5, 1996)
    The Aristocats, The Godfather, Get Shorty

    Serling, Rod, 51, writer/director; smoked 4 packs a day; heart disease. (June 28, 1975)
    The Twilight Zone (1959-64)

    Seyrig, Delphine, 58, actress; lung disease (October 15, 1990)

    Shaw, Robert, 51, actor; heart attack (August 28, 1978)
    Jaws, From Russia With Love, The Sting

    Shirley, Anne, 75, actress; lung cancer (July 4, 1993)
    Anne of the Green Gables, Stella Dallas

    Sinatra, Frank, 82, singer, heart attack (May 14, 1998)
    Sinatra was also suffering from bladder cancer, early Alzheimer’s and the effects of a stroke.

    Shamseddine, Ayatollah Mohammed Mehdi, 64, spiritual leader of Lebanon’s Shiite Muslims and a staunch advocate of Christian-Muslim coexistence; lung cancer (January 10, 2001)

    Shostakovich, Dmitri, 69, composer; lung cancer (August 9, 1975)

    Smith, “Sonic” Fred, 45, rock musician; heart failure (November 4, 1994)
    Guitarist with MC5

    Soo, Jack, 63, actor; cancer of the esophagus (January 11, 1979)
    Barney Miller

    Stander, Lionel, 86, actor; lung cancer (November 30, 1994)
    Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Max in Hart to Hart

    Stanwyck, Barbara, 82, actress; congestive heart failure (January 20, 1990)
    Stella Dallas, Double Indemnity

    Stevens, Woody, 84, horse trainer (August 22, 1998)
    Trained winners in all three Triple Crown races, including five straight Belmont winners during the 1980s.

    Sullivan, Ed, 72, entertainer; lung cancer (1974)

    Taglioni, Fabio, 80, Ducati motorcycle engineer and designer; throat cancer (July 18, 2001)

    Talman, William, actor; lung cancer (August 30, 1968)
    D.A. Hamilton Burger, Perry Mason TV Series
    When He came down with lung cancer, He was the first actor to do a TV commercial on the danger of smoking. (Internet Movie Database) He died before the commercial aired.

    Tarbox, Barb, 42; former Canadian model became a tobacco control activist, lung cancer (May 18, 2003968)

      You are all so much above this. You’re intelligent. You’re energetic. You have the world before you in the palms of your hands. Any dream you have is possible. But if you walk the path I walked, this is the path you will walk. And I don’t want any of you ever to walk this walk.


    Taylor, Robert, 57, actor; lung cancer (June 8, 1969)
    Quo Vadis, Magnificent Obsession, Broadway Melody of 1938, Saddle the Wind

    Thaw, John, 60, actor; throat cancer (February 21 2002)
    The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner, The Sweeney, Inspector Morse

    Thomas, Ross, 69, author; lung cancer (December 19, 1995)
    Espionage author; wrote the screenplay for Bad Lieutenant, his Briarpatch won the Edgar Award for Best Mystery Novel (1985)

    Thornbury, Will, 57, model; Lung Cancer (1992)
    Modeled for Camel TV ads

    Tierney, Gene, 70, actress; emphysema (November 6, 1991)
    Laura, Leave Her to Heaven
    The squeakiness of her voice in her first film, “The Return of Frank James,” impelled her to take up smoking cigarettes.

    Tone, Franchot, 63, actor; lung cancer (September 18, 1968)
    Mutiny on the Bounty, Lives of a Bengal Lancer

    Tracy, Spencer, 66, actor; lung congestion; heart attack (June 10, 1967)
    Captains Courageous (1937), Boys’ Town (1938), San Francisco (1936), Father of the Bride (1950), Bad Day at Black Rock (1955), Old Man and the Sea (1958), Inherit the Wind (1960), Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)

    Tubb, Ernest, 70, singer; emphysema (September 6,1984)
    “The Texas Troubador”– Waltz Across Texas, I’m Walking the Floor over You

    Tucker, Forrest, 67, actor; lung cancer and emphysema (October 25, 1986)
    Sands of Iwo Jima, The Yearling, Gunsmoke

    Tucker, Sophie, 78, entertainer; lung cancer (February 9, 1966)

    Turner, Lana, actress; throat cancer (June, 1995) TV: Falcon Crest. Movies: Imitation of Life (1959), Madame X (1966), Peyton Place (1957), The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

    Vander Pyl, Jean, actor; lung cancer (April 13, 1999)
    Voice of Wilma Flintstone, The Flintstones Video of Fred & Wilma’s Winston ad

    “Everybody on the Flintstones smoked and all of them ended up dying of smoking-related diseases. . . That little cute laugh that Betty and Wilma did with their mouths closed? They came up with that because when they normally laughed, because they were smokers, they coughed.”— Michael O’Meara, son of Jean Vander Pyl. See Benaderet, BeaVaughan, Sarah, singer; lung cancer (1990)
    Broken-hearted Melody

    Varney, Jim, 50, actor; lung cancer (February 10, 2000)
    “Ernest P. Worrell”
    Though hopelessly hooked on cigarettes, he wouldn’t allow himself to be photographed smoking, for the sake of all the kids who loved Ernest. And, though he entertained them by clowning, sprawling, grinning and cutting up, the talented Mr. Varney had one last message for those kids: Don’t smoke. –Lexington Herald-Leader 2/11/00

    Walker, Nancy, 69, actress; lung cancer (March 25, 1992)

    Wayne, John, 72, actor; After exposure to nuclear radiation, cancer took a lung in 1963; had many battles with heart disease and other cancers. (June 11, 1979)
    Stagecoach; Red River; Fort Apache; Rio Grande; She Wore a Yellow Ribbon; The Searchers and this Camel commercial:

    Wells, Mary, 49, singer; larynx cancer (1992)
    My Guy

    Wheeler, Bert, 72, comedian; emphysema (January 18, 1968)

    Wilcoxon, Henry, 79, actor; cancer and COPD (March, 1984)
    Cleopatra (1934), Crusades, Greatest Show on Earth, The Ten Commandments, That Hamilton Woman, Mrs. Miniver, Man in the Wilderness, Last of the Mohicans (1935), Unconquered, Caddy Shack

    Wild, Jack, 53, actor; oral cancer (March 1, 2006)
    The Artful Dodger in Oliver! (1968); HR Pufnstuf.(TV)

    Wilson, Bill, 76, founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, emphysema (1971)

    Wilson, Carl, 51, musician (Beach Boys); complications from lung cancer (February 6, 1998)

    Williams, Tex, country-western singer; lung cancer (October 13, 1985)
    Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette) (1947)

    Wolfman Jack, 57, radio personality, actor; heart attack (July 1, 1995)
    American Graffitti

    Woodbury, Joan, 74, actress; COPD, lung cancer (February, 1989)
    Anthony Adverse, Algiers, Hit the Deck, Latins From Manhattan, The Ten Commandments, Bride of Frankenstein. Other westerns with William Boyd (Hoppalong Cassidy), Tex Ritter, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry. Made over 70 “B” films: Boston Blackie, Charlie Chan, etc. She was the original Brenda Starr.

    Yennimatas, George, Greek National Economy Minister, 55; complications from lung cancer (April 25, 1994)
    Yennimatas was one of Greece’s most beloved politicians. When he presented the 1994 budget to reporters in November, he announced a new tax on tobacco, saying the revenues would be earmarked for an anti-smoking campaign.

    York, Dick, 63, actor; emphysema (1992)

    Young, Faron, 64, country-western singer; self-inflicted gunshot wound. (Dec. 10, 1996). Young “had been depressed recently about emphysema and other health problems”–NY Times, 12/11/96.
    Goin’ Steady; Sweet Dreams; Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young

    Young, Coleman A., 79, Detroit, Michigan’s longest-serving mayor. Emphysema. (November 29, 1997)

    Zevon, Warren., 56, singer/songwriter. Mesothelioma (an asbestos-related lung cancer; smoking greatly increases the risk) (September 7, 2003)
    Werewolves of London.

By the looks of this list it would appear that smoking cigarettes is not as cool as you thought is it? As we had into the new year, maybe this might be a time to think about stopping smoking?


Here are some great visual reminders on why you should quit smoking.


Perhaps you need a more graphical interpretation of why it might be good to stop smoking?


Hard to believe how the tobacco companies glorified smoking!


Did you know that the Marlboro Man died of lung cancer?


In fact back in the 40’s and 50’s a lot of baseball players were spokesmen for all of the top selling cigarette brands. Real cool huh?


Here is a creative art piece, using all of the cigarette brands. as a frame for the reality of the cat that smoking can kill.


Here’s another graphic reminder of the perils of cigarette smoking.


and last but not least, why would you want to let Uncle Sam down? Stop smoking in the new year! .

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