Since 1964, Cigarettes Have Killed More Than 20 Million Americans, Terrie Hall Was One of Them

Smoking kills. Everyone knows that. Every 24 hours, more than 1,200 Americans die from smoking.

On Monday, September 16, 2013, Terrie Hall, 53, made famous by the CDC‘s Tips From Former Smokers national tobacco education campaign, lost her 13-year battle with mouth and larynx cancer.

Like so many of her peers, she began smoking in high school, only to later develop oral and throat cancer at age 40. After undergoing radiation and surgery to remove the cancer, her face and neck were left brutally scarred. She also lost her natural voice.

Hall was once quoted saying, “I wish someone had shown me when I was thinking about smoking in high school what could happen to me.”