The Marlboro Man RIP

By Mike Coday •  Updated: 03/08/14 •  2 min read

Should You Quit Smoking?

I’m not one to jump on soap boxes very often…

The Marlboro Man, Eric Lawson, from print ads between 1978-1981 passed away in 2014. A lot of my friends in the roofing business struggle with smoking… and I get it, quitting is extremely difficult to do. Those things are addictive. I recently read Zig Ziglar’s autobiography and was glad to know he wasn’t a smoker. Obviously, it’s better for your health if you never get started smoking cigarettes.

Quitting Cold Turkey

My Dad struggled with smoking for a short amount of time before finally giving it up a few years before he became disabled. He didn’t smoke for long, but I firmly believe that quitting as soon as he did, extended his life.

You could die of a lot of freaky things… fall down the stairs, slip in the bathtub, get eaten by a bear, or swallowed by a great white shark, but continuing to do something on purpose that you absolutely, positively know will kill you is ludicrous.

I know. I know, “Shut up Mike. It’s none of your business!”

You’re right, and I hate it when people poke their nose in my business too, but what about your wife, kids, and the people who really love you and make life worth living?

Stop Smoking Please

Maybe, just maybe, you know you should quit, you want to quit, and reading this will be enough to give you the courage to try and quit one more time.

I hope so.


Mike Coday

Mike started selling roofs in '95 while working as a youth pastor at a small church in North Texas. A decade later he transitioned to speaking at industry conferences and training outside sales teams. Today, he works exclusively as the premier consultant to roofing company owners who are driven for growth.