Anti-smoking world loses its most effective voice

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WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The anti-smoking world has lost one of its most effective voices.

Terrie Hall was one of several former smokers featured in a series of anti-smoking ads put out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The former high-school cheerleader discovered she had mouth and throat cancers in 2000 at the age of 40. Doctors had to take out her larynx.

She spent the last several years talking with students about her experiences and about the dangers of smoking.

And last year, the CDC included her in a three-month anti-smoking campaign.

A study published in The Lancet says the campaign resulted in more than 200,000 Americans putting out their cigarettes for good.

Terrie Hall died this week at the age of 53. And in one of life’s bitter ironies,

She died in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, home to the RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company.

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