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Joanne Kotler sued the American Tobacco Company over the death of her husband, George P. Kotler, who died of lung cancer in 1986 at the age of 55. Mrs. Kotler said that her husband smoked for 20 years before the maker of his favorite cigarette brand put any health warnings on the package. Her lawyer argued during closing arguments that American Tobacco had turned an entire generation of Americans into lab mice by withholding details of the dangers of smoking. Mrs. Cotler maintained the proper warnings could have saved her husband's life. American Brands previaled in the suit.