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Woman In Shock Anti-Smoking Ad Dies Of Cancer
A woman who featured prominently in a graphic US anti-smoking campaign has died from cancer at the age of 53.
Terrie Hall was described as a "public health hero" who helped as many as 100,000 Americans to quit smoking by taking part in the Tips From Former Smokers campaign.
Ms Hall suffered oral and throat cancer which was caused by her cigarette smoking that began in high school, health officials said.
By this summer, the cancer had spread to her brain and she died in hospital in Winston-Salem in North Carolina.
The former smoker, whose voice box was removed years ago, took a leading role in the campaign that showed how smoking-related cancer ravages the body.
Her first advert showed her putting false teeth in and then placing a wig on her scalp before 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.
In another advert, she advised smokers to make a video of themselves reading a children's book or singing a lullaby.
"I wish I had," her voice growled as she spoke using her artificial voice box. "The only voice my grandson's ever heard is this one."
Dr Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which carried out the campaign this year and in 2012, said: "She was a public health hero.
"She may well have saved more lives than most doctors do."