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Anti-smoking crusader Barb Tarbox dies

Anti-smoking crusader Barb Tarbox dies

Barbara Tarbox, a woman who spent the last months of her life warning students not to smoke, died Sunday after a battle with lung cancer.

The 42-year-old Tarbox was diagnosed with the disease last September. She had smoked most of her life.

She had spent months criss-crossing the country, spreading her anti-smoking message to junior and senior high school students. During that time, she spoke to about 50,000 people.

Tarbox made her last school appearance in mid-April.

She was admitted into Edmonton's Grey Nuns hospital on April 28. Doctors had recently discovered the cancer had spread to her skull and into her bones.

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Friends and family said she was determined to fight the cancer as long as she could in order to help more students quit smoking.

Tarbox is survived by her husband Pat and 10-year-old daughter Mackenzie. She was predeceased by twin sons.