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Debi Austin, Anti-Smoking Advocate Seen in ‘Voicebox’ Ad, Dead at 62

YouTube(NEW YORK) -- Debi Austin, the anti-tobacco advocate who appeared in the iconic “Voicebox” anti-smoking ad, died Friday following a 20-year battle with cancer, according her family. She was 62.

“True to Debi’s spirit, she was a fighter to the end and leaves a big hole in our hearts and lives. Debi will be remembered fondly by those who love her to be caring, courageous, very funny and always there to offer advice or lend a hand. She was passionate and outspoken about what she believed in and deeply touched all who knew her or heard her story,” Austin’s family said in a statement provided to ABC News.

Austin appeared in one of California’s most provocative anti-tobacco ads in 1996. It was titled “Voicebox.”

The ad ran in California, Salt Lake City, Utah, New York City, Idaho, Washington, Massachusetts and Hawaii.

In the ad, Austin talked about having her first cigarette when she was 13. But when she found out how bad it was she said she tried to quit but couldn’t.

“They (tobacco industry) say nicotine isn’t addictive,” Austin said as she picked up the cigarette and inhaled the smoke through an airhole in her neck. “How could they say that?”

Through the years, Austin also appeared in other TobaccoFreeCA ads including “Candle” and “Stages.”

“We are saddened by Debi’s death. She exemplified the real toll tobacco takes on a person’s body,” said Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health, in a news release on the department’s website.

“Debi was a pioneer in the fight against tobacco and showed tremendous courage by sharing her story to educate Californians on the dangers of smoking. She was an inspiration for Californians to quit smoking and also influenced countless others not to start. We trust she will continue to touch those that hear her story, particularly teens and young adults. She will be greatly missed,” Chapman said.

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Ashley Madison 'Fat Ad' Shames Women, Says Obese Model

Ashley Madison(NEW YORK) -- An obese model lying seductively in a red bra and black lace panties has become the poster child for why a husband should cheat on his wife in ads slapped across the Internet this week.

"Does your wife scare you at night?" asks an ad for Ashley Madison, the dating site that promotes affairs outside marriage.

When the model in the photo saw how it was used, she said it scared and offended her, because the ad was suggesting that fat women make repulsive sexual partners.

Identifying herself as "Jacqueline," she wrote a letter to the celebrity, sex and fashion website Jezebel, saying her image had been used without her authorization.

"I am mortified that my image and likeness would be used as advertisement for two things I am so vehemently against: namely cheating and, to an even greater extent, body shaming," Jacqueline wrote in a Nov. 7 guest column.

Her scantily clad, size 32 image adorns her erotic website, Juicy Jackie, which she says caters to "the tastes of those that love big women, their curves, rolls and all the plush softness that comes with being fat."

"I was under the impression at the time that people purchasing these photos from the photographer would be doing so for their own personal use," she wrote.  "I had no idea that the photographer would endeavor to sell the photos to corporations and/or stock photo companies, who would then go on, repeatedly, to use them in rude and mocking ways."

Jacqueline told ABC News that she is more upset about how "damaging" the ad is to women of all sizes."

"Beauty is not one size fits all, nor is the matter of body insecurity," she said.  "This is a foul message to send women and to do so repeatedly shows a great lack of respect and overall sense of disdain towards women, especially those who do not fit this company's ideal body image."

Afterwards, Ashley Madison's CEO Noel Biderman shot back via Jezebel: "The best thing that could've happened to this woman is that we used her in our ad.  Despite what she may want you to think, she is reaping the press for her own pornography website."

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