Tobaccofree Earth in the News
Washington Post, September 4, 2019
See also the editorial by Tobaccofree Earth’s CEO Patrick Reynolds in the San Francisco Chronicle, predicting similar Statewide bans and making a strong case for them.
Washington Times, August 5, 2019
Patrick Reynolds, executive director for Tobaccofree Earth, applauded the FDA’s proposed move to add the substances, many of which he said are carcinogenic.
But he said the federal agency should go further and have an outright ban of candy-flavored products that have addicted youth, partially blaming “aggressive, predatory” marketing strategies by companies like Juul and others.
“It’s right out of the playbook Big Tobacco used to market its cigarette use,” Mr. Reynolds said about advertising by e-cigarette manufacturers.
“I hope more cities will follow San Francisco’s lead, and ban the sale of flavored vaping and tobacco products. The candy flavors have contributed to getting so many of our kids addicted, and banning their sale is something the FDA should also do,” he said.
San Francisco leads nation with ban on flavored vaping products
San Francisco Chronicle, June 6, 2018
“…In the 1980s, it was our municipalities that led the way by passing the first smoking bans. The cities had the courage to go where state legislatures and Congress feared to tread. Now other cities are sure to follow, and eventually, legislatures will pass statewide bans of flavored tobacco and e-cigarettes, much like what happened with our smoking bans. It began with the cities….”
KQED San Francisco, June 6, 2018
CNN.com, June 5, 2018 – CNN’s report also quoted in:
“Patrick Reynolds, the executive director of Foundation for Tobaccofree Earth, said that R.J. Reynolds, the tobacco company that his grandfather started, had spent a lot of money fighting the ban because it’s concerned that if it passes in San Francisco, other cities will follow suit. The company didn’t respond to messages from CNN. “Big tobacco sees vaping as their future,” Reynolds, an anti-tobacco advocate said. “They are very afraid this is going to pass and if the voters make an informed decision to side with the health community, it will lead to hopefully a tidal wave of cities doing what SF did because the FDA did nothing. We will start to turn the tide against vaping.”
Broadcast mostly in Asia and the Middle East November 28, 2017
(Video no longer online)
Big Tobacco is back, trying to influence elections
McClatchy Wire Story (ran in Miami Herald and 28 other papers) February 11, 2017
“Tobacco has a long history of spending to influence legislators,” said Patrick Reynolds, the grandson of tobacco giant founder R.J. Reynolds. Now a fierce opponent of tobacco, Reynolds said, “They spend a lot because they get what they pay for.”
Winston-Salem Journal, January 21, 2017
Patrick Reynolds, who lives in California, wrote in 1989 “The Gilded Leaf: Triumph, Tragedy and Tobacco,” one part personal insight into the Reynolds family, and one part explanation for his anti-tobacco advocacy. When asked about the potential BAT ownership, Patrick Reynolds said that “a big monster has been devoured by a bigger monster. BAT’s takeover of Reynolds does not bode well for the Third World, where Big Tobacco has been peddling their addictive, deadly products for decades, and selling them to the young, poor and uneducated, perhaps the only opportunities for growth that they have left. This merger is scary. Isn’t causing one billion deaths in this century enough? That’s what Big Tobacco will do, if present trends continue, according to the World Health Organization in Geneva.”
PRWEB, November 7, 2016 (Shortly before election)
Most California voters are unaware the current State tobacco tax is 37th lowest in the nation. California’s tobacco tax is 87 cents, while the national average is $2 per pack. “Almost everyone we interviewed thought California’s present tobacco tax was high. Our other State taxes are high, so people assume our tobacco tax is as well. In the current multi-million dollar advertising war between the No on 56 campaign, well-funded by Big Tobacco, and Yes on 56, funded by the health community, this important fact has gotten lost. Knowing how low our tobacco tax compares to other States would help voters make a more informed decision about Prop 56,” said Patrick Reynolds, Executive Director of the Tobaccofree.org.
Winston Salem (NC) Monthly, 2016. Also seeThe Gilded Leaf
Some say the coin was nothing special, simply a piece of silver with no magical powers. Others say it was more of a curse than a blessing, causing both triumphs and tragedies. Some even speculate the coin wasn’t Peruvian at all, but was actually one of the original 30 pieces of silver given to Judas for betraying Jesus….
CCTV, May 31, 2015
On World No Tobacco Day 2015, CCTV’s Susan Roberts spoke to Patrick Reynolds about the global campaign to reduce smoking rates. Mr. Reynolds offers his unique perspective and insight on tobacco issues, and in the larger picture, on regulation itself. Tobacco is a good example of how regulation — in this case, smoking bans, tobacco taxes, mass ad campaigns, and education in public schools — can be an effective tool for policy makers, and government at its best.
Smoking Rate in US Down to 17.8%, from 20.9% in 2005 says CDC
ABC News Radio, November 26, 2014
Patrick Reynolds speaks out against smoking at local schools Tri Cities, TN, November 24-25, 2014
Greeneville Sun: “One of the nation’s most effective and committed anti-smoking activists brought his message to the Tri-Cities region this week…”
KPCC Los Angeles Public Radio, November 25, 2014
Strong reaction in Mass town whose leaders want to ban tobacco sales Consider This, Al Jazeera America, November 13, 2014
Patrick Reynolds:”Rather than banning the sale of tobacco, we need to continue the policies which have cut the rate of tobacco use in half over the past 50 years: cigarette tax increases, smoking bans and State spending on tobacco prevention and cessation.
“Banning the sale of tobacco at the national level has never been a goal of the health community. However. I will defend the right of a small town to do it. A core principle of our nation’s Constitution is that States and cities should be self-determining, and have the right to govern themselves.”
AP Radio Briefs, October 24, 2014
Patrick Reynolds: “It’s ironic they’re not allowed to smoke the cigarettes they sell. Reynolds American is cloaking themselves in the garb of responsible corporate citizens, but in fact, the company has continued to market to kids and fight policies proven to reduce tobacco use. They’ve spent millions in paid TV spots and political contributions to stop State tobacco tax increases and kill 100% Statewide smoking bans. For decades they denied second hand smoke is a health hazard, but now they seem to be admitting it is….”
The Daily Beast, September 23, 2014
CVS Pharmacy ends the sale of tobacco CBS Radio Hourly News, September 3, 2014
Patrick Reynolds: “CVS has shown great leadership and made a real commitment to their mission of health. I believe they’ll gain more customers than they lose. People will notice all the quit smoking products behind cashiers, where tobacco products used to be in CVS stores, and most customers will probably like that. CVS employees can be very proud of their company.”
Herald Times, Manitowoc WI, August 20, 2014
Holy Family Hospital and Broadwind Towers Corporation are joining forces to bring anti-tobacco advocate Patrick Reynolds to Manitowoc.
NBC News, August 10, 2014
Big Tobacco wants to reclaim the hearts and wallets of most adult Americans by rebranding its tarred image — pitching “smokeless” e-cigarettes, embracing the mantra “harm reduction,” and funding science that could turn tobacco plants into life-saving medicine. That tactical shift, not surprisingly, has cultivated cynics like anti-tobacco crusader Patrick Reynolds, grandson of R.J. Reynolds, who calls the moves mere “window-dressing PR campaigns.”
“Their credibility is very low when it comes to trying to do good in the world,” Patrick Reynolds said. “They’re trying to adapt to the times. They see smoking as on the way out. They have a disappearing market base. They’re looking to survive in the smoke-free world, and that is coming. The tobacco industry,” he added, “they’re trying to put on the emperor’s clothes, but in the end, we see the naked truth.”
Profile of Mr. Reynolds and his advocacy
The Toledo Blade, July 28, 2014
$23 Billion Awarded to Smoker’s Widow
CBS Radio National News,NPR National News, July 21, 2014
WLW700 Midwest iHeart Radio, WHAS Radio in Louisville KY, and others
Patrick Reynolds: “Many people feel these lawsuits have no validity, and that smokers should be accountable for the death and disease they bring on themselves by smoking. They knew tobacco was dangerous, after all. But does this mean the tobacco companies should go completely unaccountable? In this case, the jury found the smoker was 30% responsible. Big Tobacco lied for decades about the dangers of smoking, targeted children in their ad campaigns, and failed to warn of the addictiveness of nicotine. That’s why these suits are valid.”
RJ Reynolds Acquires Lorrillard Tobacco
CBS Radio National News, July 15, 2014
Patrick Reynolds: “Today’s merger of RJ Reynolds and Lorillard means that the tobacco industry is getting smaller. I’m happy to be a part of their decline, but there’s still plenty to do.”
Three lectures for Northern Michigan University, supporting a new smokefree campus policy
CBS News Radio San Francisco, April 3, 2014
Grandson of Tobacco Company Founder Tells Students, Don’t Smoke
WCTV story with video, Bainbridge, GA, March 25, 2014
See also: Feature in The Post Searchlight, March 26, 2014
SA Today, February 12, 2014
CVS Pharmacy to drop sale of tobacco products
CBS Radio Hourly News, February 5, 2014
Patrick Reynolds: “This will help position CVS as pro-health, which is what a pharmacy should be. They have real vision, and this may well drive more shoppers to CVS.”
50th Anniversary of Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking January 11, 2014
The Park Record, January 10, 2014
Smoking up globally, while rate in US fell from 40% in 1964 to 18% today, thanks to tobacco control policies over last 50 years
Al Jazeera English
January 8th, 2014
Patrick Reynolds outlines specific government policies which caused major drops in smoking rates in nations which have implemented them.
CBS News Radio, January 7, 2014
A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association attributes a drop of over 50% in the US smoking rate to tobacco control policies. Patrick Reynolds: “These policies include higher tobacco taxes, smoking bans and State spending on tobacco prevention and cessation campaigns.” The study notes that 8 million people in the US lived an average 19.6 years longer.
In response to the news anchor’s question why smoking has increased around the world, he replies, “When Big Tobacco first anticipated the decline of smoking in the US, they began aggressive campaigns advertising their deadly products in the Third World, to poor, less educated peoples.”
Interview in Shine On Hollywood magazine,
US Smoking Rate Drops to 18% of Adults
CBS News, Associated Press, The Washington Post, CBS Atlanta, Fox News, Atlanta Journal & Constitution, US News and World Report, Houston Chronicle, CBS Washington DC, Fox News Latino, St. Louis Post Dispatch, AP Broadcast Briefs, Sioux City (IA) Journal and other news outlets
June 18, 2013
Patrick Reynolds, executive director of Tobaccofree Earth, told The Associated Press that he was elated that the adult smoking rate, for years at about 20 percent, had dropped below that longstanding plateau.
He said factors he thinks have contributed to fewer adults smoking include rising state and federal tobacco taxes, more spending on prevention and cessation programs, and more laws banning smoking in public.
“This is a real decline in smoking in America. I’m ecstatic about it. It’s proof that we are winning the battle against tobacco,” he said by telephone from Los Angeles.
e-Cigarette Pros and Cons
CBS Radio Minnesota, April 26, 2013
Patrick Reynolds: “How much safer is the e-cigarette than smoking? It may be like jumping out the 5th floor instead of the 10th. The smoke comes from a mixture of propylene glycol and water put through an atomizer. It will take years for definitive health studies to come in on the dangers to users, and to those inhaling the second hand smoke from them. The FDA forbids manufacturers from claiming it can help people quit. They know some e-cigarette companies have a goal of getting customers addicted to their nicotine cartridges.
“But many smokers find a substitute helpful when quitting, and will use it in spite of the dangers. If you use the e-cigarette, don’t trade one addiction for another; use it only for the first few days of your quit, as one element of a comprehensive cessation program. Within one week, after your initial withdrawal symptoms subside, destroy it. Do not go on vaping, it may be dangerous! Also see our free Quitting Tips at Tobaccofree.org.”
NYC Council debates raising tobacco purchase age to 21
CBS National News Radio, April 22, 2013
Patrick Reynolds: “A majority of new smokers, 60%, try their first cigarette by 14, and 90% of smokers get addicted before reaching age 19. Almost no one starts over age 20. The argument that by age 18 we offer the right to vote, get a drivers license or join the military falls flat when we recall how addictive smoking is. Most States don’t sell alcohol to anyone over 21… This law is a very good idea, and shows common sense and vision.”
Grandson of Tobacco Tycoon Empowers Company Employees to Quit
April 17, 2013, Canton and Sioux Falls, SD
CNN Money, April 16, 2013
“Smuggling does exist, but are we going to give up a really great tax over the fact that a few will slip through the cracks?” asks Patrick Reynolds, the grandson of tobacco magnate R.J. Reynolds, who became an anti-smoking advocate after his father died from emphysema. “It won’t be perfect, but it will be better than it is now, and it will prevent a lot of kids from starting smoking.”
Reddick students hear of dangers of tobacco use
The Tifton (GA) Gazette (Front page), March 19, 2013
WFXL-Fox-TV Albany GA
March 19, 2013
Middle schoolers hear from unlikely anti-tobacco advocate
CBS TV DFW, Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
RJ Reynolds’ grandson rallies youth to stay smokefree
Tidewater News, Franklin, VA, November 9, 2012
Talks at Southampton High School, Paul D. Camp Community College
Should smoking be banned in private cars?
Tobacco Heir Speaks on Dangers of Smoking
Atlantic General Hospital sponsors talks to teens Delmarva News, Salisbury MD,
October 27, 2012
Editorial by Patrick Reynolds
The Deseret News, Salt Lake City, October 3, 2012
Reprint of editorial in USA TODAY (below)
Business Insider, September 30, 2012
Editorial by Patrick Reynolds USA TODAY, September 26, 2012
R.J. Reynolds’ grandson warns McLennan County teens about tobacco use
The Waco (TX) Tribune, KWBU, September 21, 2012
Forbes, September 16, 2012
Grandson of tobacco magnate switches sides
The Ada (OK) News, September 4, 2012
Toughest ever tobacco advertising restrictions upheld by Australian court
CBS Radio News, August 14, 2012
Atlanta curbs smoking, part of a wave of Southern bans
New York Times, July 21, 2012
In 2009, Virginia and North Carolina, the nation’s top two growers of tobacco, passed bans on smoking at bars and restaurants…. “It pleases me greatly to see this avalanche of laws and ballot measures, especially in the South,” Patrick Reynolds said. “For a tobacco-producing state to acknowledge that even secondhand smoking can be lethal is a wonderful victory.”
Associated Press, June 22, 2012
UPI Wire Story, Associated Press, AP Photo, AP update, CNN, TV Fox 11 Los Angeles, Orange County Register, Bloomberg Business Week, Reno Gazette Journal, Sacramento Bee, KABC Radio Los Angeles, Prop 29 TV spot – 15,000 YouTube views, PR Newswire Press Release Report, Red Eye Radio (national), WSJ Market Watch
June 2 – 21, 2012
Federal court to decide if FDA’s graphic warnings on cigarette packs violate First Amendment
Centers for Disease Control launches $54 million ad campaign with graphic warnings in ads
CBS Radio News, March 15th, 2012
New Surgeon General’s report on smoking: 1 in 4 teens are regular smokers
KTTV Fox TV Los Angeles, CA,
WWL 870 Talk Radio New Orleans, March 9, 2012
Grandson of tobacco giant pushes kids away from smoking
Fox 12 KPTV, The Oregon News Portland, Oregon, March 6, 2012
Smoking drops in Pittsburgh region, other heath problems on rise
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, February 20, 2012
Patrick Reynolds, executive director of Tobaccofree Earth, said reductions in the rate of smokers are the result of strong limits placed on smoking in the workplace and other public areas, taxes on tobacco products that increase their cost, and the availability of cessation and education programs.
Grandson of Tobacco Company Founder Speaks Out Against Smoking
January 18, 2012, Myrtle Beach, SC
Tobacco Heir: Quit Tips for New Year’s Resolutions
UPI Wire story, January 6, 2012
WJR Talk Radio, Detroit, January 5, 2012
Anti-smoking activist rallies elves for Santa
America’s newswires, Tell It to Al, December 14, 2011
Feature article in the Dow Jones Newswire, December 13, 2011
Editorial, The Toledo Blade, Toledo, OH, November 21, 2011
“Large graphic warnings do three things,” Patrick Reynolds said. “They inform consumers about the risk, they motivate smokers to stop, and they discourage kids and former smokers from starting the habit.” Some 43 countries already require graphic warnings on cigarette packages, he pointed out. “It’s time the United States did, too.”
Great American Smokeout Day AP Broadcast Radio Briefs, CBS Radio Network, CNN Radio November 17, 2011
Reynolds: “If you’ve tried to quit smoking before and failed, take comfort in the fact that most smokers fail several times before they stop successfully. Don’t get the idea I can’t quit. Understand it’s part of the normal journey to becoming a non-smoker. Second, get help. Get in a good program like the NCI’s 1-800-QUITNOW or…”
Scion of Reynolds Tobacco Empire Speaks Out Against Smoking
Litchfield County Times, Litchfield, CT, November 9, 2011
Editorial: Up In Smoke?
Judge blocks FDA mandated graphic images on cigarette packages
AP Broadcast, CBS Radio News, Al Jazeera English
November 8, 2011
National Center for Prevention Research and Solutions
November 1, 2011
Cain ad with smoking Chief of Staff raises questions
The Hill, Washington, DC, October 25, 2011
New York Daily News, October 30, 2011
A campaign video featuring Herman Cain’s chief of staff smoking a cigarette spread virally Tuesday… “I’m dismayed to see a presidential candidate, in his advertising, depicting smoking,” said Patrick Reynolds, founder of Tobaccofree Earth and a grandson of tobacco magnate R.J. Reynolds. “Children at home are seeing that on television, and it sets a bad example for kids. It’s irresponsible.”
Star Courier (front page), Kewanee, IL, WKEI 1450AM-104.3FM, October 14, 2011,
Grandson of tobacco giant speaks out against smoking
YNN-TV Central NY, News 7 Syracuse, NY
Child exposed to second-hand smoke moved to foster care
KTRH AM 740 News, Houston, Texas, September 28, 2011
Should smoking be banned from public parks?
Detroit talk radio, September 14, 2011
USA Today, September 8, 2011 (also ran in Detroit Free Press, others)
“Just because someone has already failed once, twice or more doesn’t mean they can’t be successful the next time. We know that now,” says Patrick Reynolds, who in 1989 started the non-profit Tobaccofree Earth. “Failed attempts are part of the normal journey toward becoming a non-smoker.” Reynolds is the grandson of cigarette company founder R.J Reynolds and a former smoker who’s spent more than two decades taking the tobacco companies to task, amassing information about the ill effects of smoking, connecting with the best scientific experts, speaking to audiences worldwide — especially school kids — and sharing much of his accumulated knowledge on his website, TobaccoFree.org.
R.J. Reynolds’ grandson speaks at 6 middle schools and health fair against tobacco
Seven tobacco companies sue FDA over mandated graphic warning labels on 50% of the front and back of cigarette packs
Reuters wire, CBS Radio Network, August 16, 2011
DailyFinance.com, AOL Money and Finance, July 29, 2011
DARE sponsors tobacco mogul grandson’s talks against smoking
TV13 Orlando (text version), The Orlando Sentinel, The Daily Commerical (Front page with photo), 105.9 FM Orlando, 102 FM Orlando & two other stations
July 14, 2011, Lake County, FL
FDA’s graphic new warnings on tobacco products
Al Jazeera English, June 21, 2011
The FDA’s graphic new cigarette warning labels are a major landmark in the fight against tobacco in the US. The labels are required on 50% of the front and back of all cigarette packs starting in September, 2012. The United States joins 43 other countries that already require similar labels.
Similar stories ran June 21 – 23 on:
World No Tobacco Day 2011
CBS News Radio Network, KNX News Los Angeles, Chinese News, Telemundo – May 31, 2011
NYC’s latest ban on outdoor smoking NBC New York, May 24, 2011
TMZ, April 19, 2011
Turning on Tobacco
Front page feature, The Herald-Palladium, serving Southwest Michigan Sunday, April 10, 2011
The Other Side of Tobacco Road
Profile, South Bend (IN) Tribune, April 8, 2011
NPR Ozarks, Springfield MO, April 8, 2011
Manner of Man Magazine
Interview, April 6, 2011
Al Jazeera English, Riz Khan Show, January 5, 2011
Tobacco giants are marketing heavily to a new generation of customers in developing nations. “As they have in the past, they’re using tobacco farmers as pawns in a bid to deflect attention away from the health issue,” says Patrick Reynolds of Tobaccofree.org. Mr. Reynolds debates the chief executive of the International Tobacco Growers’ Association. Their impassioned discussion sheds light on international tobacco issues, cigarette company tactics and the main points of the UN’s global treaty on tobacco.
Kommersant Business Daily Moscow, Russia, November 23, 2010
Jordan Hospital brings an unlikely guest to Plymouth Plymouth MA, November 24, 2010Boston Globe, WBZ-AM Jordan Rich Show, WATD-FM Boston, Old Colony Memorial, PDF of Cape Cod Times, Old Colony Memorial, Boston Globe
His name says ‘tobacco’ His message: Don’t do it
Napa Valley Register, Napa CA, November 18, 2010 Grapes and Raisins, Napa Valley Register Editorial Page
Associated Press, November 10, 2010
“This is going to stop kids from starting to smoke … and it’s going to give smokers a strong incentive to quit smoking,” said Patrick Reynolds, grandson of R.J. Reynolds and executive director of Tobaccofree Earth. Reynolds’ father, brother and other relatives died from smoking-related illnesses.
Reporter-News, Abilene TX, November 10, 2010
Talks also covered by Abilene TV news
MSNBC Debate with Patrick Reynolds, October 14, 2010
Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann
Pawhuska (OK) Journal-Capital, September 4, 2010
Pittsburgh Post Gazette, June 10, 2010
Motivational talks to youth and adults Sponsor: Sheppard Pratt Hospital
WBAL NBC TV, WABC ABC TV Baltimore, MD, April 29, 2010
CNBC, The Call, March 5, 2010
R.J. Reynolds heir tries to undo legacy of damage Chicago Tribune, February 24, 2010
Grandson of tobacco empire speaks out against legacy
Chicago Tribune, Evanston, IL, February 23, 2010
Before a packed auditorium Reynolds spoke of the loss of his father and brother to tobacco-related illnesses, which led him on a worldwide mission to fight the empire his family built… Smoking is a relevant topic when talking about heart health. For instance, Saint Francis Hospital, known for its cardiac care, sees more than 36,000 patients per year in its emergency department, said Margo Schafer, hospital director of public relations.
US Magazine, February 1, 2010
Patrick Reynolds: “People relapse as a result of stress…The stress can be positive, such as being out with friends and being overwhelmed by an urge to smoke; or negative, as with the stress induced by work and pressure…”
Blue Planet, Green Living, December 7, 2009
A detailed description of Patrick Reynolds’ motivational talks to teens.
The junior high auditorium is filled to capacity, yet the crowd is hushed. Students sit at rapt attention, uncharacteristically still. Tears glisten on their youthful cheeks, and even the tough guys listen quietly. On the stage, a few minutes earlier, Patrick Reynolds opened his talk with a promise, “Today, we’re going to get in touch with our feelings….”
Sirius Radio, November 30, 2009
MSNBC, Host: Dr. Nancy Snyderman October 15, 2009, 12:15pm EST
Guest: Patrick Reynolds
Obama Signs Bill for FDA Regulation of Tobacco
Various outlets, June 22, 2009
Fox News Channel – Obama Signs Bill for FDA Regulation,KCBS TV Los Angeles,Los Angeles Times,National Public Radio, AP Broadcast Radio, BBC Radio,CNN Radio Network, CNN Wire Services, 640 AM Los Angeles and other stations nationally
CNN Wire: Patrick Reynolds, whose grandfather founded the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., said the passage of the bill “marks the diminished clout of the tobacco lobby on the Hill.” See Reynolds’ press statement.
Cigarette Makers Lose Appeal in Landmark Case Federal government’s suit will be appealed to Supreme Court
CNN Radio Network May 22, 2009
RJ Reynolds’ grandson helps launch Greek Health Ministry’s Anti-Smoking Campaign Athens, April 28, 2009 – May 2, 2009
KATHAMERINI wire service: The speech by Patrick Reynolds caused a sensation at the conference. He has been involved in an anti-smoking campaign in the US for decades.
Da Nea (The News): …Besides what he has done in the US, Patrick Reynolds is now starting an international campaign. He hopes his visit to Greece will open doors to go to China, Russia, Turkey, the Middle East, and other countries where smoking rates are high.
Links to Greek news coverage
61 Cent US Federal Tobacco Tax Starts Today
April 1, 2009
Patrick Reynolds: “The Federal 61 cent tobacco tax is a win-win-win. It will significantly reduce teen smoking and give smokers a strong financial incentive to quit. Second, the new tax will bring in revenue to provide health insurance for 4 million uninsured children. Third, it’s a win for politicians of all parties who voted for it, as tobacco taxes are overwhelmingly popular with voters across party lines. More than 80% of Americans are now non-smokers, but we are all paying for the health care costs of smoking.”
Radio France Internationale
Libération, Marianne March 16, 2009
USA Today, March 6, 2009
New electronic cigarette substitute
Laguna Beach (CA) Independent February 13, 2009
Supreme Court OK’s Lawsuits Against Claims &Light
AP Broadcast Briefs, Public Radio Los Angeles December 15, 2008
Obama would show leadership to smokers if he quits
Associate Press, December 8th, 2008
Great American Smokeout Day
November 20, 2008
The Observer (front page) La Grande OR, October 21, 2008
“If you call a friend a fool for smoking, you lose them. They tune out. On the other hand, if you approach them in a warm, friendly manner and tell what you’re feeling, your friend or loved one will open and really hear what what you have to say.
Reynolds urged students throughout his presentations to speak from their inner core of feelings. “You will connect, if you talk from the heart. When you talk from your heart, you are a powerful communicator,’’ he said…
Smoking Banned from NC Schools
Voice of America, China, Mandarin language
August 20, 2008
Fox News Channel, July 27, 2008 1:55pm NY time
The Bloomberg and Gates Foundations jointly give $500 million to fight smoking in poorer nations. Guest Patrick Reynolds applauds the focus on nations where smoking rates are highest, and talks about his plans to tour in China, India, Russia, and the Middle East.
Perfect Smile Magazine (For dentists’ offices) July, 2008
New York Times’ Wire Service, June 17, 2008
…He later produced an evocative television ad in which Patrick Reynolds, a grandson of the tobacco magnate R. J. Reynolds, named the members of his family who had died of cancer, emphysema and heart disease.
Ending the Epidemic
County: Smokers Need Not Apply (Front page)
Sarasota – Bradenton (FL) Herald Tribune, May 20, 2008
The Palm Beach Post (FL), April 19, 2008
“To date, 24 states have already passed laws banning smoking from all bars and restaurants statewide, and 22 of them did so in the last six years,” said Patrick Reynolds, president of Tobaccofree Earth, a nonprofit group founded in 1989. “We are at the tipping point now.”
Ashland (OH) Times Gazette, April 8, 2008
“If I could give you one message today, it would be that cigarettes are addicting. Once you start, it’s almost impossible to stop,” said Reynolds.
“The best thing we can possibly do is try to prevent kids from starting,” said Samaritan Hospital CEO Danny Boggs at a meet and greet after Reynolds’ presentation.
During his speech, Reynolds gave students what he called “an initiation into adulthood.” He told them life is difficult… But Reynolds urged students to deal with the pain, not avoid it. “Don’t run off to drugs or alcohol or cigarettes…” said Reynolds.
He said to stay with the pain and talk to someone about it, because those who are isolated carry the weight of their pain. “Together, we will solve all the problems life throws at us,” Reynolds said.
When asked, many students said their parents smoke. Reynolds invited two students to the front of the auditorium to role play a conversation.
Feelings accounted for the bulk of Reynolds’ talk. He asked students how they feel, knowing tobacco companies target kids, to which one boy yelled, “I don’t like it!”
He showed pictures of what tobacco ads would look like if they told the truth. One showed Joe Camel reinvented as Joe Chemo, laying in a hospital bed.
CNS News, March 11, 2007
Norwalk, Ashland, Bellevue, Willard, and Clyde OH February 11 – 13, 2008
…Patrick Reynolds was sponsored by the Bellevue Hospital, Fisher -Titus Medical Center, and Mercy-Willard Hospital Foundation. He was touring area schools and was slated to speak to about 2,000 youths in Huron and Sandusky Counties within two days….
Alexandria, Louisiana, Jan 9-11, 2008 ABC 31 News, 1/9/2008 KALB (NBC) News Channel 5, Live at Noon 1/9/2008 The Town Talk, Alexandria, LA: Grandson of RJ Reynolds tells Cenla to kick the habit 1/10/08Local students rally to be smoke-free 1/11/2008‘Get Healthy Cenla’ initiative launches Wednesday 1/9/2008
Tobacco heir criticizes tobacco
Imperial Valley (CA) Press, October 23, 2007
CNS News, October 18, 2007
Patrick Reynolds…endorsed SCHIP and contended that the additional tobacco taxes could potentially save billions of dollars in healthcare costs every year by discouraging smoking….
Toledo (OH) Blade, Oct 15, 2007
I got to know Patrick Reynolds during the smoking ban campaign here in Ohio last year. He wrote a Saturday Essay for The Blade, he appeared on The Editors television program, and he traveled Ohio as a truth-teller in the face of the tobacco industry’s lavishly funded campaign of misinformation. Fortunately, Ohioans knew whom to believe….
Smoking Ban Hits Home in Calabasas
CNBC, October 3, 2007
CNBC’s Erin Burnett hosts Patrick Reynolds, The Foundation for Tobaccofree Earth, Executive Director and Jacob Sullum, Reason Magazine Senior Editor.
Related news stories on KTTV Fox TV and KTLA-CW News, October 3, 2007, Los Angeles
Source of family’s fortune a killer, tobacco heir says
Tulsa (OK) World, September 27, 2007 Taking a Stand Against Tobacco
ABC News, August 30, 2007
A marketing campaign, “Smoking With Aloha”, seeks to correct misconceptions among Japanese that you can’t smoke anywhere in Hawaii.
Fox News Channel, Bret Baier, June 24, 2007
Various news media, May 30, 2007
Patrick Reynolds was one of the speakers urging the Beverly Hills City Council to ban smoking in outdoor dining areas. Reynolds told the Council, “Calabasis and six other California cities, and the entire state of Washington have done this. Every beach in Southern California has banned smoking except one, Redondo; this will protect the health of kids on crowded summer holidays. Twenty states have now banned smoking from all their restaurants and bars indoors — eighteen of them in the past four years. We’re at the tipping point now. Eliminating second hand smoke is a reasonable idea whose time has come.”
Red Bluff (CA) Daily News, Red Bluff, CA
CNW – Canada Newswire, May 12, 2007
Patrick Reynolds supports the plight of Ontario’s Youth gathered in Nation’s Capital to fight the evils of tobacco.
Reading (PA) Eagle, April 20, 2007
Kick Butts Week, 3 day tour, Pensacola, FL March 27 – 29, 2007
CBS TV 5 Pensacola
ABC TV 3 Pensacola
Fox TV 7 Miami
FOX TV 10 Mobile AL
NBC TV 15 Mobile AL
PBS WSRE TV Pensacola, April 12, 2007
Strong smoking ban considered in Belmont, CA
CBS Early Show, 8am, March 14, 2007
MSNBC, March 13, 2007
“There’s a clear link between the percentage of characters who smoke in films and the rate of youth smoking,” Patrick Reynolds… Reynolds said he applauded the idea of a mandatory R rating, but he said it was probably more practical to seek voluntary restraint from filmmakers, along with the screening of anti-smoking ads before movies and regulatory oversight to ensure that tobacco companies don’t pay production companies to put tobacco branding in their pictures.
Yale Daily News, New Haven CT, March 7, 2007
The Connecticut law would be a big step toward reducing tobacco addiction, said Patrick Reynolds…
Debate between Patrick Reynolds and Gary Nolan, The Smoker’s Club MSNBC, March 3, 2007
About.com, Kids’ Movies & TV, February 23, 2007
OK Magazine (circulation 800,000), February 26, 2007
Patrick Reynolds, the Executive Director of Tobaccofree.org, and Dr. Norman H. Edelman, Chief Medical officer of the American Lung Association, give OK! some scary statistics about the habit…
Smoking in cars with children present
MSNBC, Two Debates, January 19, 2007
CNBC Power Lunch, Debate, January 22, 2007 Fox News Channel, Weekend Live, Debate, January 28, 2007
Proposals for smoking bans in cars with kids are cropping up around the country, with Patrick Reynolds, Tobaccofree Earth Executive Director; Gary Nolan, The Smoker’s Club Spokesman and CNBC’s Sue Herera.
Harvard Study Suggests Cigarette Makers Increased Nicotine
Boston University Daily Free Press, January 23, 2007 University of Miami Hurricane, January 23, 2007
January 16, 2007
CNBC, Power Lunch; MSNBC Morning Debate, January 22, 2007
Walgreen selling hand gel as cigarette substitute
Tobacco Scion Motivates Teens at Rally
Dunklin County Health Dept Kennet, MO, December 15, 2006
Raise Mississippi’s Tobacco Tax by $1.00
December 13, 2006, Jackson, MSThe Clarion Ledger, Associated Press (Biloxi Sun Herald), The Clarion Ledger 2nd, WLBT NBC TV, WAPT ABC TV, WMC NBC TV Memphis, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, Clarion Ledger pre-event
Patrick Reynolds said, “At 18 cents, Mississippi’s cigarette tax is 49th lowest among the states; it has not been raised for 21 years. Yet since 2002, 42 states have raised their tobacco tax. The average cigarette tax went from 43 cents in 2002 to 94 cents by the end of 2006 — more than double in the past four years. Why? Higher tobacco taxes prevent kids from starting, give smokers strong incentive to quit, and provide states with additional revenues which help balance state budgets. They also pay for health care and tobacco prevention programs. Best of all for lawmakers, higher tobacco taxes are overwhelmingly popular with voters across party lines.”
Smokefree Communities Forum To Take St. Cloud, MN Smokefree
St. Cloud, MN, November 30, 2006
At the end of his presentation to a community forum attended by 400, Reynolds asked who would stand up as a symbol of their pledge to call their representative on the City Council and deliver their feelings. Over 300 in the room got up. He told them, “Whether by State Legislature or ballot initiative, sixteen states have now passed laws providing for 100% smokefree bars and restaurants statewide — 14 of them in the past 4 years, and six in 2006,” said Reynolds. “We’re at the tipping point. This is an idea whose time has come.”
Empire Tribune, Stephenville, TX, November 13, 2006 Student assembly programs at Granbury and Stephenville High Schools
Why California’s $2.60 cigarette tax was defeated
Why Big Tobacco spent $75 million in CA to defeat Proposition 86 KABC Talk Radio, Host: Al Mantell Los Angeles, CA, November 10, 2006 8:am – 8:30am (Drive time in LA)
Missouri ballot measure would raise the tobacco tax from 17 to 97 cents KMOX Talk Radio, St. Louis, MO October 31 – November 1, 2006
Competing Ohio Ballot Measures
Issue 5: 100% Smokefree Restaurants & Bars Issue 4: R.J. Reynolds’ measure to permit smoking
Columbus, October 25, 2006WBNS CBS TV, WCMH NBC TV, WSYX ABC TV, WTTE FOX TV
Daily Interlake, Kalispell MT October 24, 2006
Missouri Ballot Measure | Cigarette tax hike
Press conference in Kansas City, MO, Ocotber 17, 2006Fox Channel 4 WDAF, ABC Channel 9 KMBC, St. Louis Post Dispatch, The Kansas City Star, NBC Channel 41 KSHB, CBS Channel 5 KCTV, Kansas City Business Journal, KMBZ FM, KMBZ FM, KTRS FM
California ballot measure
Proposition 86 would hike the cigarette tax $2.60 per pack; smoking in movies KABC Los Angeles, Host: Doug MacIntyre October 12, 2006, 8am – 9am (Drive time in LA)
The Ridgewood (NJ) News (front page) October 13, 2006
The World, Serving Oregon’s South Coast, October 6, 2006 Also covered by KOIN TV 6
“Oregon is ranked the 35th state in funding tobacco prevention programs,” Reynolds said, “even as the state collects $307.5 million a year in revenues from tobacco.”
Charlotte (NC) Observer, September 17, 2006
National anti-tobacco advocates [argue] that outlawing [teen] smoking altogether could create a bigger problem.
“It almost makes tobacco look more forbidden and therefore attractive to teens and a new way to rebel and to assert their personalities,” said Patrick Reynolds, spokesman for Tobaccofree Earth & Tobaccofree.org, based in Los Angeles.
…A better solution, Glantz and Reynolds said, would be counter-marketing tobacco companies, increasing cigarette taxes or imposing smoke-free laws limiting indoor smoking in all public areas. Studies have shown that smoke-free laws cut down on teen smoking as well as secondhand smoke, Glantz said.
Que Pasa, Santiago, Chile (Front page) Sunday, August 27, 2006
Australian Broadcasting Company (radio) August 17, 2006
RJR’s candy-flavored CamelsCNBC, to air week of October 7th, 2006
Melanie Griffith caught lighting 17 year old daughter Dakota’s smoke WOR Radio, NYC, 4:30 pm, August 7, 2006
Downers Grove (IL) Reporter, June 7, 2006
Sun Star, Philippines – June 5, 2006
Lexington (KY) Herald Leader, May 22, 2006 Anti-smoking advocate renounces family ties to the tobacco industryBay News TV 9, Channel 10 CBS Tampa, Tampa, FL May 9-10, 2006 Tobacco heir snuffs mythsThe Star Ledger and NJ.com, Somerville, NJ, April 27, 2006WMBC TV News, seen in NYC, NJ, and PA
SOMERVILLE — Many people try to persuade young people not to smoke, but few can be as riveting as the grandson of tobacco tycoon R.J. Reynolds.
Speaking to freshmen and sophomores at Watchung Hills Regional High School, tobacco scion Patrick Reynolds accused companies like the one his father and grandfather steered of shamelessly courting the youngest of potential buyers as “new recruits.”
Reynolds relentlessly picked apart glossy cigarette ad campaigns, seeking to de-mythologize the youthful aura of cool implied by the signature brands his grandfather founded.
In a stinging reproach of campaigns by Camel and Kool cigarettes, both made by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Reynolds called new “candy-flavored” cigarettes, from “Mardi Gras Berry Blast” to “Winter Mocha Mint,” a “very insidious appeal to our teens.”
“The tobacco companies have targeted you,” Reynolds told students, flashing pictures of Kool cigarette boxes with pictures of rap stars printed on them. “This is evil. This is totally going over to the dark side,” he said.
Students gasped in shock when Reynolds showed them another campaign offering a free radio with two packs of Kools….
…Reynolds started Tobaccofree Earth and frequently delivers his message to groups across the country. He cited a recently released report by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids that showed Illinois ranked 34th among states in spending on smoking prevention programs.
Illinois spends only 17 percent of the annual expenditure recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the report from the Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group.
Laws restricting smoking have been enacted in more than 2,000 municipalities across the country, Reynolds said, and 400 communities require 100 percent smoke-free workplaces. In addition, 14 states have laws requiring nearly 100 percent smoke-free protection.
“I believe we’re reaching a tipping point nationally with 100 percent [Statewide] smoking bans,” Reynolds said. “But Illinois is behind. There is a need for Illinois to get up to speed on that.”
Are tobacco taxes hikes fair?
Fox News Channel, Neil Cavuto, Your World, March 27, 2006 Colorado passes 100% Statewide Smoking Ban KOA Talk Radio, Denver, CO, March 21, 2006
CBS Evening News, March 20, 2006
Video interview distributed to CBS affilliates
…While executives of the tobacco giant say the timing of all this is coincidental to Chicago’s smoking ban, R.J. Reynolds’ anti-smoking grandson says he doubts that. “It really is an in-your-face effort to say ‘Hey, here is a bar where we found a loophole where you can still smoke.’ It is a rebellion on the part of R.J. Reynolds,” says Patrick Reynolds.
Associated Press, March 2, 2006
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Patrick Reynolds, founder of the U.S.-based Tobaccofree Earth, praised Uruguay for joining other Latin American nations that have moved to curb smoking. “There is no safe level of secondhand smoke,” Reynolds said. “It causes lung cancer and heart disease, and they’re involuntary smokers.”
Standard-Examiner, Ogden, UT, February 6, 2006
Patrick Reynolds envisions a world free of tobacco smoke — a world where parents won’t die prematurely from that smoke, where teenagers will no longer be targeted by the tobacco advertising industry, a world where people live a happy, healthy, smoke-free life…
The Daily Times, Farmington, NM, January 18, 2006 Statewide ABC TV (KQAT) and Statewide NBC (KOB-TV) also ran stories
Ann Arbor (MI) News, December 30, 2005
CNBC, December 21, 2005
Companies should not be able to fire smokers, simply because they smoke at home
Ohio Public Radio, December 15, 2005
The grandson of the founder of the giant R J Reynolds Tobacco Company was in Ohio today, speaking out against smoking and cigarette companies. He long ago sold off his valuable RJR stock, and says he supports an issue that might appear on next November’s ballot in Ohio that would ban smoking in public places.
Chattanooga (TN) Times Free Press, November 25, 2005
Chattanooga (TN) Times Free Press, November 17, 2005
Cleveland (TN) Daily Banner, November 17, 2005
Great American Smokeout Highlights Smoke-Free Communities
The Chatannogan (TN), November 9, 2005
The American Cancer Society will mark its 29th annual Great American Smokeout by recognizing the growing number of smoke-free communities nationwide…smoke-free advocate Patrick Reynolds, grandson of tobacco magnate R.J. Reynolds, will speak in Chattanooga and Cleveland on Tuesday, Nov. 22….
New “safer” cigarette to be introduced
MSNBC, Tucker Carlson, host November 7, 2005
Reynolds: “A safer cigarette is like jumping out of the 15th floor, instead of the 20th floor…”
Should smoking be banned in some outdoor areas?
Fox News Channel, Neil Cavuto, Your World November 2, 2005
Reynolds: “It’s about time you didn’t have to walk out of a building through a cloud of second hand smoke that’s got poison in it. This is an idea whose time has come.”
Wealth Manager magazine, November, 2005, Profile
Naperville (IL) Sun, October 26, 2005
Former Big Tobacco heir Patrick Reynolds said he came to Naperville to give smoking ban advocates some ammunition…
Patrick Reynolds Brings ‘Truth About Tobacco’ Nov.22
The Chatannogan (TN) October 26, 2005
Patrick Reynolds, grandson of tobacco company magnate RJ Reynolds… is coming to Chattanooga. Reynolds will meet with youth, their parents and the community during an annual event sponsored by Students Taking a Right Stand (STARS)….
NW Airlines says its smoking employees must pay more for health insurance
Fox News Channel, Neil Cavuto, Your World October 19, 2005
Host: “Do you think that eradicating smoking is so important that you will invite an employer into an employee’s private life?” Patrick Reynolds: “Employers have to pay more for smoker’s health insurance. A lot of companies today — CNN is one (smiles) — won’t hire new employees who smoke. This happens in States without laws protecting smokers. Just as the tobacco companies were held accountable for lying for years about the dangers of smoking and targeting children in their ads, smokers, too, should be accountable — and I believe you would agree with that.” Host: “Fair enough, but…”
The Lariat, Baylor University, Waco, TX, Oct. 12, 2005
…Reynolds said the most important thing to do to quit smoking was to get involved in a program. He said 95 percent of people who try to quit outside of a program fail, the same statistic for those trying to quit heroin without a program….
Palladium-Item, Richmond IN, October 6, 2005
Patrick Reynolds, a nationally known anti-tobacco activist and grandson of tobacco company founder R.J. Reynolds, was the featured speaker for the 23rd annual Humanity in Medicine Week at Reid Hospital & Health Care Services.
Reynolds gave a speech Tuesday night at Reid Hospital and another early Wednesday morning, before coming to Test Middle School and Dennis Middle School. Reynolds also spoke at Reid’s monthly Women on Wednesday’s program. At the schools, he closed the hour-long lecture with a story about a teenager who died at age 19 because of cancer related to smokeless tobacco.Pictures showed the boy as a healthy high school track star at age 17. Two years later, after surgery to remove cancer from most of his tongue and part of his neck, he died. Wilson said the imagery was shocking.
Arizona Daily Star, August 15, 2005
“Peter Jennings gave us a real gift in being one of the more outspoken news media on the tobacco industry. And God bless him for that,” said Reynolds, who runs the nonprofit organization Tobaccofree Earth. But, he notes, schools often don’t do enough to get the message across. And ads by tobacco companies grab kids’ attention more effectively….
Bradenton (FL) Herald, May 15, 2005, Business section
Despite the cigar-smokers-don’t-inhale argument, there’s no safe level of second-hand smoke, according to Patrick Reynolds, president of Los Angeles-based Foundation for a Tobaccofree Earth and grandson of R.J. Reynolds, the tobacco company founder.
Second-hand smoke can cause lung cancer or heart disease, Reynolds said.
Cigar smokers may also be exposed to a slew of other cancers including mouth cancer, throat cancer and cancer of the gums.
Cigars don’t carry the same health warnings as cigarettes and chewing tobacco, but can have more nicotine and tar, and can produce 30 times more carbon monoxide, Reynolds said.
“Nicotine in cigars is just as addictive, whether you get it from cigarettes or cigars,” Reynolds said.
Tobaccofree Earth is a nonprofit group that encourages tobacco-free youth and tobacco prevention. Its Web site is www.anti-smoking.org.
Liberty Suburban Chicago News Leader, April 27, 2005
…His appearance at Wheaton North and Wheaton Warrenville South high schools is sponsored by Central DuPage Hospital and the DuPage Coalition Against Tobacco. Other sponsors include the DuPage County Health Department, the Cancer Institute of Alexian Brothers Hospital Network, the American Cancer Society and Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare… Reynolds also appeared at several DuPage County high schools, speaking to about 3,200 young people…
…Then he had one WWS student bring a friend out of the audience, someone she said she would like to see stop smoking. He showed the students how to begin with a compliment, so as to open the lines of communication, and use feeling words such as “sad” and “afraid.” Reynolds ended his presentation with a story that made many of the students gasp. He told the story of an Oklahoma high school track star named Sean Marsee, who began using chewing tobacco at age 12, and tried to quit but continually failed. The whole time Reynolds told Sean’s story — how he developed tongue cancer and had to have his tongue amputated; how his cancer came back and he had to have part of his jaw and nose removed; and how he had to have a hole cut in his neck and a breathing tube inserted — he showed a school portrait of the handsome, young athlete. He ended the discussion with a photo of Sean Marsee before his death at the age of 19, looking very different from the first photo, attached to machines and breathing apparatuses, and clinging to life…. “I’m grossed out right now, cause I play sports,” WWS freshman Kyle Cassin said at the conclusion of the program. “It just freaks me out. It’s like, ‘No way.'” WWS freshman Jay Dragon said he would never smoke, adding his mom used to smoke, but she quit.
Chicago Daily Herald, April 12, 2005, Front page
…The grandson of R.J. Reynolds will appear at numerous DuPage County high schools this week in an effort to discourage teens from smoking. On Wednesday night, as part of National Kick Butts Day, he’ll head a panel of speakers during a dinner at the Lisle Hilton. Events sponsors include the DuPage County Health Department and Central DuPage Hospital.
Reynolds father, R.J. Jr., died in 1964… He later watched other family members, including his brother R.J. Reynolds III, succumb to cigarette-related illnesses. Those losses led to his desire to speak out against tobacco use, starting with testimony before Congress in 1986 supporting banning cigarette advertisements.
“Sometimes, the greatest callings in life come out of the deepest wounds,” Reynolds said….
CBS Early Show, February 23, 2005, 8:07 am
Patrick Reynolds of TobaccoFree.org points out, “The rights of nonsmokers who may be standing nearby supersede the rights of smokers.” Reynolds is the grandson of tobacco man R.J. Reynolds, and he became an anti-smoking advocate after watching his father die of emphysema.
“Why should a nonsmoker have to breath -– involuntarily — poisonous air?” Reynolds asks. A tolerant public turned against smokers when numerous studies linked secondhand smoke to disease. According to the American Cancer Society, over 60,000 deaths each year are caused by secondhand smoke. (Click here for a complete transcript.)
Orlando Sentinel, November 15, 2004
SBS (Soeul Broadcasting System), Korea Documentary to air in mid November, 2004
Greeley (Colorado) Tribune, October 28, 2004
“This is an idea whose time has come,” Reynolds said. “This is the way of the future, and some people just don’t want to change.”
Reynolds, who lost his father and brother to smoking-related illness, said many businesses are unnecessarily wary of the financial impact of smoking bans because organizations backed by tobacco companies spread fear.
“This harks back to the restaurant associations who became the pawns of big tobacco and were often financed by big tobacco,” Reynolds said. “They fanned the fires of fear among the business owners.”
The Independent Appeal, Selmer, TN (Front page) October 27, 2004
The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, Australia, Oct 3, 2004
The grandson of the founder of RJ Reynolds Tobacco, Patrick Reynolds, who is now president of Tobaccofree Earth, last week told USA Today newspaper that companies like his grandfather’s had for years “claimed publicly that cigarettes never cause disease, and now they should pay the price”.
La Tercera, Santiago, Chile, October 3, 2004
Glendale officials to ponder a voluntary ban on smoking Los Angeles Daily News, September 24, 2004
The Globe and Mail (Canada, national), September 22, 2004
“For years, [they] claimed publicly that cigarettes never cause disease, and now they should pay the price,” said Patrick Reynolds, president of the California-based Tobaccofree Earth and grandson of the founder of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco.
San Diego Union, September 12, 2004
Leading anti-smoking activist Patrick Reynolds, a grandson of tobacco company founder R.J. Reynolds, said the bans are the result of “an idea whose time has come” – no matter what the industry says.
“The tobacco companies always try to portray us as fanatics or zealots,” he said. “But the truth is these are reasonable laws, intended in this case to prevent litter and protect non-smokers.”
Tasty Smokes Flavored cigarettes put a bad taste in some people’s mouths
WSBT (CBS Affiliate), South Bend, IN, August 10, 2004
TV Anchor: “Some people say tobacco companies are deliberately targeting teens with so called tasty cigarettes. Camel cigarettes has new flavors like Kauai Kolada and Twista Lime. Some anti-smoking groups say the candy-flavored smokes target kids. The Kool brand also has a line of flavored cigarettes. Tobaccofree advocate Patrick Reynolds had some thoughts.
Patrick Reynolds: “Sixty percent of US smokers start smoking by age 14, and eighty to ninety percent become addicted before reaching age 19. If the tobacco industry doesn’t get them as customers by age 19, it’s unlikely they will get them as customers. Once addicted, a teen can be expected to spend $1200 per year or more on cigarettes, and will remain a customer for an average 17 years.”
KOOL Campaign Targeting Youth? Fox News Channel, Fox News Hour, June 19, 2004
Patrick Reynolds: “Brown and Williamson’s ad campaign for KOOL puts rappers, hip hop artists, DJ’s and dancers on the cover of the KOOL pack and in print ads. Attorneys General in several States have issued cease and desist orders for targeting youth. The tobacco industry knows that most smokers get hooked by 19, and Whatever brand a teen first gets hooked on tends to be the brand they stay with. We need to reinterpret the 1st Amendment, and join the nations who have ratified the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which will further limit tobacco advertising. It’s time to start listening less to the song of money, and more to the song of community and life.”
NW Arkansas Times, Fayetteville, AR, May 13, 2004
…Reynolds also believes diminished expectations and heightened anxiety among today’s teens, documented in new research, is a significant factor [in teen smoking]. “Since the (Sept. 11, 2001) attack and the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, many of our youth are more worried about the years ahead,” said Reynolds. “It is documented that following 9-11, there was a significant upsurge in smoking among New York teens. “Believing they face a bleak future, many teens may be prone to engage in high risk behaviors before an uncertain tomorrow arrives,” he added.
Tobacco heir talks shop with NicotineNarcs, other students. The Source, Shelby Township, MI, April 12, 2004
Grandson of tobacco company founder speaks of smoking dangers
Macomb Daily, Mt. Clemens, MI, April 1, 2004
…Students like Craft and Shekowski were both moved Wednesday by Reynolds’ story of Sean Marsee, a 17-year-old athlete from Oklahoma who was diagnosed with tongue cancer as a result of “dipping” tobacco. Two years after Marsee’s diagnosis and after numerous surgeries to remove parts of his cancer-ridden mouth, cheek and face, Marsee died.
The Morning Call, Quakertown, PA March 17, 2004 Talks covered by 2 Philadelphia TV stations
Patrick Reynolds says it shouldn’t be difficult to find ads for cigarettes: Just stoop down, so your eye sees the world from a child’s perspective, then look in any convenience store. ”Countertop displays are a big part of it,” Reynolds said. ”They make tobacco look like a regular American product, and they sell it next to the candy.”
ETTV Chinese TV, Cable Channel in US & China March 11, 2004
Rocky Mountain News, November 21, 2003 (Press conference attended by 3 local TV stations: NBC, CBS, Univision)
“Patrick Reynolds, grandson of tobacco company magnate R.J. Reynolds, says Gov. Bill Owens is wrong in wanting to sell off Colorado’s stream of tobacco-settlement dollars for a lump sum amount…
“He joined other opponents at the Colorado Capitol on Thursday to oppose the move. He said the upfront settlement – which Owens wants to use to bail the state out of its current and future fiscal problems – would prove costly in the long run.
“It would dry up dollars used for tobacco-prevention programs that have proven remarkably effective, Reynolds said. …”
Smoking heir says State should keep tobacco settlement
Aurora (CO) Sentinel, November 24th, 2003
“The grandson of tobacco magnate R.J. Reynolds said Colorado shouldn’t sell off its share of the national tobacco settlement for a lump sum as Gov. Bill Owens proposes….”
AP / The Denver Post, November 21, 2003 (Press conference attended by 3 local TV stations: NBC, CBS, Univision)
“Thursday, anti-smoking and health advocates including the grandson of the founder of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. appealed to legislators to scrap Gov. Owens’ plan for a lump-sum payoff… ‘These (smoking-cessation) programs have had spectacular results,’ said Patrick Reynolds, who chose to work full time against smoking after watching his father die of lung disease. ..”
Colorado Governor’s Plan Would Settle for $800 Million Tobacco Payout
The Miami Herald, November 21, 2003 Denver Post Knight Ridder / Tribune Business News
Tobacco giant’s grandson brings health message to kids
Commerical Appeal, Memphis, TN, November 20, 2003 Also covered by 5 local TV stations Nov 18th
“Reynolds, attached to a long microphone cord, weaved among the hundreds of students on the bleachers and floors like a talk show host. He asked them their feelings about smoking. He put them in role-playing situations involving parental smoking. There were warnings about the tobacco industry’s efforts to reach younger customers…”
Lecture at University of Notre Dame South Bend (IN) Tribune November 13, 2003
Idaho State Journal – Pocatello November 3, 2003
Talks at two high schools WPMI, WALA and WKRG TV, Mobile, AL October 30, 2003
The Boston (MA) Herald, October 23, 2003
The Star Press, Muncie, IN, October 10, 2003
Homer (Alaska) Tribune October 1, 2003
RJR relative helps in fight against smoking
Louisville (KY) Courier Journal September 24, 2003
Richmond (KY) Register, September 11, 2003
Reynolds to give unique view on tobacco
Pioneer News, Sheperdsville, KY, September 2, 2003
RT Magazine, Respiratory Therapists’ trade publication, August, 2003
About the new smoking bans Fox News Channel – DaySide with Linda Vester May 15, 2003
Tobacco heir warns teens on smoking’s perils
Pittsburgh (PA) Tribune Review, Friday, May 9
‘Reynolds’ decades-long crusade against smoking has taken him to legislatures from California to Washington, D.C., and today will land him in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown. Organizers of the Pittsburgh Family Health Council’s Peer Power convention — at which Reynolds is the keynote speaker — said they expect about 600 middle school and high school students to attend….”
Reynolds not blowing smoke: Anti-tobacco advocate speaks to area students Wood County coalition focuses on teen smoking Reynolds Says Target Is Minors
The three articles above all ran on April 4, 2003 in the Wisconsin Rapids (WI) Daily Tribune.
“Patrick Reynolds, whose famous last name has been tied to tobacco products for about 130 years, told about 830 area seventh-graders Thursday that tobacco kills….Sponsoring Reynolds’ talk was the Tobacco Free Coalition of Wood County, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Ministry Health Care, and the Riverview Hospital Association….”
Tobacco heir urges students not to smoke
Marshfield (WI) News Herald, April 4, 2003
Avenue News, Baltimore, MD, April 2, 2003
100% smoking ban proposed for Indianapolis, following bans in CA, Dallas & NYC Indianapolis Star, February 25, 2003
“Patrick Reynolds, head of the California-based Tobaccofree Earth, said, ‘ There’s an overwhelming body of scientific and medical evidence that proves second-hand smoke causes lung cancer and heart disease in nonsmokers. Banning smoking 100 percent is an idea whose time has come.'”
Should doctors face malpractice suits, if they fail to provide optimal intervention for their smoking patients? Court TV, Katherine Crier, The Crier Report, December 16, 2002
A broken promise to our kids — States not spending Big Tobacco’s lawsuit payments on tobacco prevention programs, despite proven success in several States
Fox News Channel, Neil Cavuto, Your World, December 13, 2002
No-smoking signs go up all over Delaware The State now has the country’s strictest limits on indoor smoking.
The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 28, 2002
“The Foundation for a Smoke-Free America has hailed the recent state bans. ‘There is no safe level of secondhand smoke,’ said Patrick Reynolds… I think it’s a good indicator of the national mood on banning smoking.’ “
Study: “Safer” cigarettes may be all smoke
Health Scout News (Content posted on USA Today, ABC News, Yahoo) November 28, 2002
“Whether the products are one percent safer or 15 percent safer, we really don’t have any clue,” Reynolds said. “The big danger is that many smokers may believe these products are safer than they really are, and will justify their continued smoking based on that.”
Delaware bans smoking in restaurants and bars
Delaware County Times, November 26, 2002
Greenville (SC) News, November 21, 2002
TV news segment on NYC Mayor Bloomberg’s 100% smoking ban WABC TV, New York City, 11:00 pm news, Sunday, Nov 10, 2002
Tobacco Tycoon’s Grandson aims to reduce smoking
Bradenton (FL) Herald, November 3, 2002
Tampa Tribune, Tampa, FL, November 2, 2002
A tobacco scion, advocating passage of Amendment 6 St Petrersberg (FL) Times, November 2, 2002
This amendment would have required MIchigan to spend some of its tobacco settlement money on tobacco education and prevention. It failed in the election. Michigan Information & Research Service, Lansing, MI, October 29, 2002
Metropolitan News-Enterprise, Los Angeles, October 7, 2002
Tobaccofree.org, September 26, 2002
Bangor Daily News, Bangor, ME, September 16, 2002
Fox News Channel, Hannity and Colmes, August 12, 2002
Reynolds: “In California, in 1994, we passed a 100 percent ban of smoking in all bars and restaurants, statewide…
Florida Times Union, Jacksonville, FL, April 4, 2002
Albany Democrat Herald, Albany, OR, March 14, 2002
Albany (OR) Democrat-Herald, March 11, 2002
CNN, February 21, 2002
EDITORIAL: This anti-smoking message was clear
Superior (WI) Daily Telegram, November 17, 2001
Students Get the Message
Daily Telegram, Superior, WI, November 14, 2001
Grandson of cigarette mogul asks Superior students to snuff out smoking Duluth (MN) News-Tribune, Three articles, November 11-14, 2001
Anti-smoking campaign funds cut Associated Press, November 13, 2001
PATRICK REYNOLDS: Reynolds Heir Slams Tobacco Reuters wire, March 25, 1999
Reynolds to speak at Park Falls Oct. 31 (Ashland, WI) Daily Press, October 29, 2001
R.J. Reynolds’ heir gives anti-smoking message School visits and a town hall meeting in Sturgeon Bay tonight are included in his visit Green Bay (WI) News-Chronicle, October 10, 2001
Anti-tobacco group releases third round of television, radio ads Associated Press, July 24, 2001
Source: Tobacco BBS, May 21, 2001
Keeping teens drug free Source: WTVJ Ch. 6, Miami, FL, May 5, 2001
Reynolds warns teens about tobacco addiction South Idaho Press, April 28, 2001
Tobacco opponent says Idaho should do more for youth Associated Press , April 26, 2001
Should these lawsuits be allowed? CBS TV — July 18, 2000
GRAHAM: Awful truth online helps kids say no to smoking USA Today, October 31, 2000
Tobacco heir tours to snuff out smoking Source: Antelope Valley (CA) Press, November 17, 1999
Tobacco Heir Snuffs Out Cigarettes for Students MSNBC, October 13, 1999
Reynolds, el ‘arrepentido’ El nieto del fundador de la potente tabacalera de EE UU lidera una campaña antitabaco El Pais, July 18, 1999
Grandson of R. J. Reynolds has battled the industry his ancestors helped create. He supports a proposed ban on smoking in L.A. restaurants.
Los Angeles Times, February 6, 1992
Heart Corps Magazine January, 1990High resolution image
Hands Up and Butts Out Time Magazine, April 27, 1987 Beverly Hills outlaws smoking in restaurants
“Posterity may find that this ban was well ahead of its time,” says Patrick Reynolds, an antismoking activist and Beverly Hills resident who saw his father die of emphysema. He is the grandson of R.J. Reynolds, founder of the famed tobacco company.
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