Teenage high school track star Sean Marsee dies aged just 19For years, the Nicotine Industry has
encouraged its customers to believe all sorts of health claims and reassurances about their products and about
nicotine. One thing often repeated by promoters, users and smokers of electronic cigarettes is that, with tobacco
cigarettes: "it's the smoke that kills - not the nicotine".
But try telling that to Sean Marsee, an Oklahoma teenager born in 1965 who was 'too smart to smoke', and
considered an outstanding athlete. Marsee won 28 track medals in the 400 meter relay while running the anchor leg.
His classmates honored him with a walnut plaque.
Marsee started his nicotine habit at age 12 (by using chewing tobacco - because he believed the health
reassurances of the Nicotine Industry and was 'too smart to smoke'), after getting a can of free Copenhagen chewing
tobacco at a rodeo.
He became a regular user and five years after starting his use, he contracted oral cancer. After a ten month battle
with rapidly spreading cancer that started on his tongue, Sean Marsee died at age 19, in 1985.
As the headline of the Reader Digest article said "18-year-old Sean Marsee was too smart to smoke. But Sean's
doctor believes that tobacco killed him".