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C. Everett Koop, Surgeon General Who Took on Tobacco, Dies at 96

C. Everett Koop, the U.S. surgeon general who set aside his religious beliefs to promote childhood sex education for AIDS prevention and issued the first government warning about second-hand tobacco smoke, has died. He was 96.

He died yesterday at his home in Hanover, New Hampshire, according to the website of Dartmouth College, where he was founder of the C. Everett Koop Institute at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine. No cause of death was given.