Star of CDC Anti-Smoking Ad Campaign Dead at 53
Terrie Hall's cancer spread to her brain
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 17, 2013 4:10 AM CDT
Updated Sep 17, 2013 5:02 AM CDT
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(Newser) – A North Carolina woman featured prominently in a graphic government ad campaign to get people to stop smoking died yesterday of cancer. Terrie Hall died at a hospital in Winston-Salem, NC, federal officials said. She was 53. "She was a public health hero," said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which conducted the campaign. "She may well have saved more lives than most doctors do."

A former smoker whose voice box was removed years ago, Hall took a leading role in the campaign that showed how smoking-related cancer ravages the body. Officials believe the "Tips from Former Smokers" campaign led as many as 100,000 American smokers to quit. Hall's first ad showed her putting on a wig, putting in false teeth, and covering a hole in her throat with a scarf. It was the campaign's most popular spot by far, receiving more than 2.8 million views on YouTube. Hall's oral and throat cancer was caused by the cigarette smoking she began in high school, CDC officials said. This summer, the cancer spread to her brain.

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Sep 21, 2013 9:01 AM CDT
Thank you for stepping up to show the world the effects of smoking. It is absolutely painful to watch what you had to go through, but because of your bravery, you have saved thousands of lives and will continue to save many more each and every day. RIP. Please feel free to leave your condolences here:
Sep 18, 2013 8:37 AM CDT
This woman made me quit! i saw one of her ads and i nearly threw up.. tossed out the smokes immediately. only Mary Jane over here now. RIP Terrie!
Sep 17, 2013 7:58 PM CDT
Damn, smoking is evil... Rest in peace, Terrie ?