NORTH CAROLINA - Federal health officials say a North Carolina woman who starred in a stark government ad campaign to get people to stop smoking has died at 53.
Terrie Hall died of cancer Monday at a hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spent more than $100 million for two rounds of paid ads on TV, in magazines and other media this year and last, seeking to get smokers to quit.
A diseased former smoker whose voice box was removed years ago, Hall was featured prominently in the campaign. Her most popular spot showed the former high school cheerleader putting in false teeth and covering her stoma with a scarf. It received more than 2.8 million views on YouTube.
"She was a public health hero," said the CDC's director, Dr. Tom Frieden.
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