Dana watched her mother struggle for years as she battled throat and oral cancer after decades of smoking. "Everything she experienced,” Dana said of her mother, Terrie, “I was right there experiencing it with her." And yet, Dana found it difficult to quit smoking herself. Like her mom, Dana also started smoking as a young teen. As her health deteriorated, Terrie appeared in powerful commercials as part of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's "Tips From Former Smokers" campaign.