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Minnesota Attorney General Hubert H. Humphrey III, left, accompanies former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop to a car after Koop sat as a spectator in the courtroom during the state's tobacco trial in St. Paul, Minn., Friday, April 17, 1998. Koop issued a report in 1988 declaring that nicotine in cigarettes is as addictive as cocaine or heroin. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Ex-surgeon general C. Everett Koop dies

C. Everett Koop, who raised the profile of the surgeon general

by riveting America's attention on the then-emerging disease known as

AIDS and by railing against smoking, died Feb. 25 in New Hampshire. He

was 96.