In 2001, at the age of 40, Terrie was diagnosed with oral cancer, and later that same year, with throat cancer. Doctors informed her that they would need to remove her larynx. It was then that she quit smoking for good. In these commercials and extended videos, Terrie tells her story.
Terrie's Ad: Consequences of Smoking
Terrie has cancer as a result of smoking. In last year's Tips From Former Smokers TV commercial, Terrie showed us how she got ready for her day. This year, Terrie shares that the only voice her grandson has ever heard is the one she now has because her voice box was removed before he was born. Her tip to smokers is to make a video or recording of yourself reading a children's storybook and singing a lullaby—before smoking affects your health.
Terrie: "Terrie, What Are You Doing?"
Terrie smoked her first cigarette at 13. In 2000, she found a sore in her mouth that was diagnosed as oral cancer. Later she found out she had throat cancer. Terrie talks about getting home from the hospital after having surgery and her first realization that she had to quit smoking. She picked up a cigarette, put it in her mouth, and "for the first time, I looked at myself in the mirror, and I thought, 'Terrie, what are you doing?'"
Smoking causes cancer. In this TV commercial for CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, Terrie talks about how she gets ready for the day after the effects of treatments for throat cancer caused her to lose her teeth and hair, and to have a laryngecotomy.
Terrie, diagnosed with throat and oral cancer, describes how her addiction to tobacco and cigarettes had her smoking right up to the front door of the hospital the day of her surgery, and what finally made her quit. This video is part of CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign.
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