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Woman featured in graphic non smoking campaign dies at 53

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A 53-year-old North Carolina woman featured in a graphic ad encouraging you not to smoke has died. Advocates for cancer patients here in south Georgia talked about the impact of Terrie Hall's message.

The Centers for disease Control put out the compelling ad campaign called Tips From Former Smokers to get more Americans to stop smoking. Members of the American Cancer Society say the ads have been very effective.

Terrie Hall was a high school cheerleader who eventually found herself smoking two packs of cigarettes a day. At age 40 she was diagnosed with oral cancer, and then throat cancer. At that point doctors had to remove her Larynx, and she could only speak through the help of an artificial voice box.

In her public service announcement, Hall showed her daily routine of getting dressed, which included putting on her false teeth, a wig, and a scarf that cover a hole in her throat.

This is just one of many ads put out by the CDC that tell former smokers' personal stories in an effort to get more people to quit smoking.

Kathy Culbreth, who is the chairperson for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, says these real-life stories are effective.

" There are warnings all over the place. Billboards, and everything like that, but if you have a person that has really been affected by it, then that's more than words can say," says Kathy Culbreth, Chairperson for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

Hall recently passed away, but her message lives on. In a statement from the CDC Director, he says her story motivated tens of thousands of teenagers to quit smoking.

Culbreth says it's never too late to quit.

" We are so glad for our survivors in this area. Every year people are being diagnosed with cancer. People that smoke. People that chew. All different kinds of Cancer and we are just glad to be part of a community that cares," says Culbreth

And she has a message for young smokers.

"You don't have to do what other people do, your an individual, you make your own choices and the choices that they make today are going to affect them in the future. So I say please don't smoke and don't chew."

Hall was just 53 years old when she passed away.

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