Don’t look now, America, but we’re running out of Marlboro Men.
And no, I don’t mean your Uncle Louie who works for sanitation back in Philly. I mean the real McCoys, the guys who appear in the ads. The latest to go was Eric Lawson, 72, who was the face of Marlboros in print ads from 1978 to 1981. He died Jan. 10 in San Luis Obispo.
What killed him? Smoking, of course. Or, more accurately, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which is often caused by smoking. Lawson started smoking at 14.
Lawson isn’t the only Marlboro Man to die of smoking-related causes. My colleague Matt Pearce told