Terrie Hall, anti-smoking advocate, dies at 53

Posted at 1:55 PM, Sep 17, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-17 13:59:24-04

Terrie Hall, the star of a series of graphic anti-smoking ads from the CDC, died of cancer on Monday.

In a graphic public service announcement last year, Hall demonstrated her morning routine of putting on false teeth, a wig and a hands-free valve for her stoma, an opening in her throat. According to, the spot was part the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) first-ever national tobacco education ad campaign, and was intended to show the disabling and disfiguring effects of smoking-related illness.

The report goes on to say that Hall, who started smoking as a high school cheerleader, was diagnosed with oral cancer in 2001, at the age of 40. She was a tireless advocate, speaking to schools and community groups around the country about the dangers of smoking.

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