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News Conference on Light and Low Tar Cigarettes

397791 04: Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop speaks during a press conference in response to a report released by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) on the impact of light and low tar cigarettes November 27, 2001 in Washington, DC. The NCI report concluded that light and low tar cigarettes do not reduce smokers'' health risks. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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.