Debi Austin dies at 62

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Debi Austin, the anti-tobacco advocate who infamously appeared in the “Voicebox” anti-smoking ad, has died following her 20-year battle with cancer. She was 62.

Austin appeared in the provocative anti-tobacco ad that started airing in 1996. The ad ran in several states across the country.

In the ad, Austin discussed having her first cigarette when she was 13.

“They (tobacco industry) say nicotine isn’t addictive,” Austin said in the commercial as she inhaled cigarette smoke through an airhole in her neck. “How could they say that?”

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