This is Terrie Hall.
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Terrie’s complete story.
She started smoking at 18. As a cheerleader in high school, Terrie stayed away from things that would hurt her performance, including smoking. But once she stopped competing, her motivation faded, and she started smoking casually at parties.

"It seemed like the thing to do. Friends never minded giving me cigarettes before I began to buy them on my own," says Terrie.

Before long, Terrie’s social smoking had turned into a two-pack-a-day addiction that would last over 22 years. Unfortunately, her smoking caught up with her in the form of throat cancer. Because her windpipe was too damaged to save, Terrie was forced to undergo a permanent tracheotomy to assist her breathing. Today Terrie is a seven-time cancer fighter, warning others about the very real dangers of smoking.