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A determined ex-smoker wants kids to shun cigarettes

Dec 27, 2010 3:00:00 AM - latimes.com
Debi Austin's 1997 TV commercial, in which she smoked through the laryngectomy hole in her throat, was just the beginning of her mission.

In 1992, Debi Austin had a laryngectomy after she was diagnosed with cancer of the larynx. Austin had smoked her first cigarette at 13 and, even after surgery, remained a two- to three-pack-a-day smoker.

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