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Grandson of tobacco giant asks students not to smoke

Last Update: Mar 28, 2007 3:15 PM

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - The grandson of tobacco giant R-J Reynolds might be considered the black sheep of the family.

Patrick Reynolds spoke to nearly 3,500 students Tuesday morning about the dangers of smoking. The students were brought from area schools to an aircraft hangar at Pensacola Naval Air Station.

Reynolds has become a national advocate for a smoke-free society. He talked Tuesday about his father's death from smoking, tobacco's addictive nature and other inherent risks of using tobacco.

Reynolds also spoke to about 5,000 sailors. He is scheduled to address a second group of students at the air station on Thursday.

During his three-day tour, Reynolds will address 10,000 students from a two-county area.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)