LAUDERHILL, Fla. (AP) - Alan Landers, who posed with Winston cigarettes on billboards and in magazines and later fought the tobacco industry in court, has died. He was 68.
His niece, Robin Levine Carns, said Landers died at his South Florida home Friday. She said her uncle had been undergoing treatment for throat cancer.
Landers started smoking as a child. During his years as a cigarette model, he says he didn't know he was glamorizing a fatal habit. Landers was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1987, and had two
cancerous lobes removed from his right lung. In 1993, cancer was
found in his left lung.
A Florida attorney sued four of the nation's top cigarette makers on Landers' behalf in 1995. The lawsuit had been scheduled for trial in April.