Debi Austin

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TV Actress
Date of Birth April 13, 1950
Place of Birth Illinois
Date of Death Feb 22, 2013 (62)
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Debi Austin was a pioneering anti-smoking advocate, appearing in anti-tobacco ads that aired in California starting in 1996.

Born: Deborah Austin, 13, 1950, Illinois, U.S.
Died: 22, 2013, Van Nuys, California, U.S.
Cause of death: Cancer
Known for: Anti-smoking advocate

About Debi Austin

Star of the shocking 'voicebox' anti-smoking ads that ran in California starting in 1996.

Before Fame

She became addicted to cigarettes at age 13, and could not quit even as she was diagnosed with laryngeal cancer and had her larynx removed.


In the memorable PSA ad she took inhaled a cigarette through the stoma hole in her neck and said in her raspy voice, 'They say nicotine is not addictive'; then exhaled smoke and finished, 'How can they say that?'

Family Life

She agreed to film the PSA ad after her niece drew a hole on her own throat, to mimic that of Austin's.


Arthur Godfrey, and jovial radio host, became another anti-smoking advocate after his own diagnosis of cancer.

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Latest information about Debi Austin updated on February 23, 2021.

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