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Woman Featured In Anti Smoking Ads Visits Schools

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

Chances are you've seen this North Carolina native on TV commercials, talking about how she started smoking as a teen, and now has no voice.

Asheville resident Reena Roberts, is featured on the tobacco reality unfiltered TV commercials. Roberts, who started smoking at age 14, was diagnosed with cancer at age 19, and had her voice box removed at 21.

Now she travels speaking to school children about the dangers and consequences of smoking. Students listened to Roberts Thursday in Duplin County as she spoke to them, through her electronic voice box, about how her life will never be the same again, thanks to cigarettes.

Roberts travels throughout the school year taking her message and lessons learned with her hoping to make an impact on our youth.


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