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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  • by Lori Location: Fayetteville on Feb 27, 2009 at 07:42 AM
    I just wanted to say that the anti smoking commercials are what made me quit smoking.(I'm 34) They really made me stop and think about what I was doing to my health. It is was hard to quit and even harder to stay smoke free, but then I think about Reena's story and I don't pick up that ciggarette. I think you are doing a great thing Reena, God bless you!
  • by REENA Location: ASHEVILLE on Feb 26, 2009 at 09:30 PM
    I'm sorry if anyone feels there is a double standard, I just feel people should know there is help out there for their addiction, and consequences that can be life altering to say the very least. And thanx everyone for your support, it wasn't my goal to be on TV or anything I just want to educate our next generation about how important it is to make healthly choices. The thought of seeing anyone else having to go thru what I went thru motivates me daily
  • by Elle on Feb 23, 2009 at 11:30 AM
    'This dog smokes' wrote: "i dont like is the double standards. Tobacco companies and their products are not allowed to advertise on Television ,but advertisements to quit smoking are allowed." That's utterly ridiculous. Anti-smoking ads are public service announcements, attempting to save lives. Tobacco companies attempting to lure in new victims, including children, is not comparable. That said, I think this woman will have a great impact on the youth that receive her message, and hopefully some of the adults as well.
  • by J Location: Gville on Feb 13, 2009 at 05:30 AM
    Who cares if its a double standard to you. You see a lot more billboards about SMOKING than you do NON smoking. Way to go Reena! Good Luck. Too bad PARENTS can't join in on the talks.
  • by This dog smokes Location: Greenville on Feb 12, 2009 at 09:53 PM
    I admire this woman for her courage and her efforts to send the right message. Good luck to Reena. What i dont like is the double standards. Tobacco companies and their products are not allowed to advertise on Television ,but advertisements to quit smoking are allowed.
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