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News interviews


Michigan becomes the first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes

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.

FDA Seeks Input on Chemicals in e-Cigarettes

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.

Editorial by Patrick Reynolds

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….”

San Francisco Passes First-in-the-Nation Flavored Tobacco, Vaping Ban

KQED San Francisco, June 6, 2018

San Francisco Bans Sale of Flavored Tobacco and Vaping Products, June 5, 2018 – CNN’s report also quoted in:

US News and World Report, MSN News, Newsmax and

“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.”

Interview with i24 TV Network

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.”

Descendants offer mixed views of Reynolds American’s expected sale to BAT

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.”

CA’s Prop 56 – Few Aware CA Tobacco Tax is Among Lowest in US

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

Did a mystical coin bring good fortune to the Reynolds family?

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….



Patrick Reynolds on the global no smoking campaign, on World No Tobacco Day 2015

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, Johnson City Press,CBS TV WJHL

Greeneville Sun: “One of the nation’s most effective and committed anti-smoking activists brought his message to the Tri-Cities region this week…”

Colorado hospital’s new hires will be non-smokers only

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.”

RJ Reynolds Tobacco Bans Smoking

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….”

Why the Rockefellers Rejected Big Oil

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.”

Patrick Reynolds to speak to employees and community members about smoking

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.

Big Tobacco Dons a New Look: Are You Buying?

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.”

Why Patrick Reynolds Isn’t Fuming Over $23 Billion Award

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.”

Reynolds Prepares NMU for a New Smoke Free Campus Policy

Three lectures for Northern Michigan University, supporting a new smokefree campus policy

Video clips by NMU from Patrick Reynolds’ talkWLUC TV (NBC),The North Wind and The Mining Journal  Marquette, MI, April 8, 2014


New study: Smoking bans improve kids’ health

CBS News Radio San Francisco, April 3, 2014

Anti-smoking speaker Patrick Reynolds speaks at Bainbridge High School, March 25, 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

CVS Keeping Tobacco Stocks in Employee Mutual Funds

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

CBS Radio San Francisco, Fox TV 11 Los Angeles, AP Radio, CBS National Radio, ABC National Radio, KNX Newsradio Los Angeles, TakePart Live TV (Pivot / Participant Media)


Resolve to Quit Smoking? Online panel discussion

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

50th Anniversary of US Surgeon General’s first report on smoking

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.”


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Interview in Shine On Hollywood magazine,

October, 2013

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”

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

Sioux Falls Business Leader, Argus Leader (newspaper w video), KELO TV, Sioux Valley News (front page), KSOO Radio w video, KXRB Radio w video, Argus Leader (Pre-press)


The lucrative business of cigarette smuggling

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

Other local coverage: Students hear of dangers of tobacco use – Tifton (GA) Gazette (Front page), WFXL-Fox T-Time, Local TV talk showWALB-ABC-TV, Tifton Gazette advance story


Put down the pack today, 37th Great American Smokeout Day

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


Arguing the case for tobacco taxes

Editorial by Patrick Reynolds

The Deseret News, Salt Lake City, October 3, 2012

Reprint of editorial in USA TODAY (below)



The Case for Tobacco Taxes

Editorial by Patrick Reynolds USA TODAYSeptember 26, 2012


R.J. Reynolds’ grandson warns McLennan County teens about tobacco use

The Waco (TX) Tribune, KWBU, September 21, 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.”


California’s $1 tobacco tax fails by 28,000 votes out of 5 million cast

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

CBS This Morning (Video and text), CBS News Wire, WTVR Richmond, CSNews, April 10, 2012



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

WMBF NBC, WPDE ABC, WBTW CBS, The Sun News, WRNN-FM 99, The Digitel, Sun News editorial by Patrick Reynolds

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

Related TV segments: Fox National News, MSNBC InterviewDecember 4, 2011 and Fox News, December 5


Tobacco Heir Still Battling His Legacy

Feature article in the Dow Jones Newswire, December 13, 2011


Graphic photos on cigarette packs aid public health

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.”

anti-smoking anti-tobacco speaker Patrick Reynolds

Reynolds to Kewanee teens: Big Tobacco targeting you

Star Courier (front page), Kewanee, IL, WKEI 1450AM-104.3FM, October 14, 2011,

Advance article


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


New Gallup poll: One in four look down on smokers

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,

R.J. Reynolds’ grandson speaks at 6 middle schools and health fair against tobacco

The Goshen News, The News Sun (front page), NBC WNBU TV, FOX 28 TV(South Bend, IN), Elkhart Truth, La Grange Standard August 24-27, 2011, Goshen, IN


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


Big Tobacco Has Trimmed Billions from Advertising Campaigns, 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:

WLW Talk radio Cincinnati, Host: Sloanie & Tracy,WLW Cincinnati, Host: Amazon, WWL870AM New Orleans

World No Tobacco Day 2011

CBS News Radio Network, KNX News Los Angeles, Chinese News, Telemundo – May 31, 2011


Verbal Battle in the War on Smoking

NYC’s latest ban on outdoor smoking NBC New York, May 24, 2011

Cig-Sucking WWE Star SMOKED by TobActivist

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

Grandson of Tobacco Magnate Speaks to Local Kids About Smoking 

NPR Ozarks, Springfield MO, April 8, 2011

Manner of Man Magazine

Interview, April 6, 2011


TV Debate: Big Tobacco Goes Global

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 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.

Global rise of anti-smoking campaigns

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

FDA Proposes Graphic Cigarette Warning Labels

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.

Grandson of Tobacco Magnate Campaigns Against Smoking

Reporter-News, Abilene TX, November 10, 2010

Talks also covered by Abilene TV news


Three Tobacco Companies Sue New York City Contesting mandated anti-smoking ads at points of sale

MSNBC Debate with Patrick Reynolds, October 14, 2010

 Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann

Coverage of live talk at a middle school Salt Lake City, UT, October 11, 2010Salt Lake City Tribune, Deseret NewsKSL NBC TV, Fox TV 13, Howard Stern (Sirius) & other Fox and NBC affiliates

RJ Reynolds’ Grandson to speak at two high schools

Pawhuska (OK) Journal-Capital, September 4, 2010

Smokers Unfazed by 10 cent Tobacco Tax Hike Threat

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

General Electric Bans Smoking Worldwide

CNBC, The Call, March 5, 2010

A Crusade to Snuff Out Smoking 

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.

Gossip Girl Star, 15, Criticized for Smoking 

US Magazine, February 1, 2010

Smoker’s Stress

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…”

Reynolds Scion Tells Kids the Truth about Tobacco

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….”


Jay Thomas Show 

Sirius Radio, November 30, 2009

Should smoking be made illegal? 

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.

Photo History of the RJ Reynolds Family (text in Russian) 

The Grandson Patrick Reynolds’ Anti-Smoking Crusade Karavan Stories / 7 Days Magazine, Moscow, Russia June, 2009 (6.7 MB or 55MB file in Acrobat)

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

SKAI-TV, To Vima Magazine, Ta Nea, Kathimerini Sunday Magazine , Kathimerini News, The Economist, Vita Magazine, Eleftheroptypia, MediaVoi, Naftemporiki, Iatronet, Top98FM, Costas, AnaWeb


61 Cent US Federal Tobacco Tax Starts Today

Associated Press Broadcast Radio, CBS Radio Network, National Public Radio, Times Daily

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.”

Smoking Laws Spreading, FDA Will Regulate Tobacco

Radio France Internationale

Libération, Marianne March 16, 2009

Secondhand smoke a downer for mood as well as lungs

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

CBS Radio News, ABC 6 TV WJBF, Sirius RadioWGST Talk Radio Atlanta, Augusta (GA) Chronicle, WAGT NBC TV Milton(GA)Herald, Augusta Chronicle follow-upAugusta Chronicle Editorial

R.J. Reynolds’ grandson warns students about the danger of Tobacco addiction

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

Global Fight Against Smoking

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.

He’s Bringing The Smokefree Message to the USA 

Perfect Smile Magazine (For dentists’ offices) July, 2008

Tony Schwartz, father of ‘daisy ad,’ dies at 84

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

Moderator: NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman Smoking cessation summit, June 16, 2008 Commonwealth Club, San FranciscoSan Francisco Chronicle,, MBC TV (So Korea)

County: Smokers Need Not Apply (Front page)

Sarasota – Bradenton (FL) Herald Tribune, May 20, 2008

Thank You for Not Smoking

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.”

RJ Reynolds’ Grandson Motivates Youth in Ashland

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.

Tobacco Controls Spreading, Anti-Smoking Groups Say

CNS News, March 11, 2007 

Norwalk, Ashland, Bellevue, Willard, and Clyde OH February 11 – 13, 2008

WFMD TV, Norwalk Reflector, Central Ohio News MessengerBellevue Gazette, Clyde EnterpriseCentral Ohio News Messenger (advance article)

…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

Raising Tobacco Taxes to Pay for S-CHIP

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….

Big Tobacco Gives Ticket to Oblivion

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

KOTV Tulsa

Japan ad campaign: Come to Hawaii, Light Up

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.

Quitting more effective than Phillip Morris’ “safer” cigarette

Fox News Channel, Bret Baier, June 24, 2007

Beverly Hills City Council Votes Unanimously for Smoking Ban in Outdoor Dining, Hotel Pool Areas

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.”

KABC, KCBS, AP, LA Times / KTLATV, KNBC TV, KFOXBBC TV England, China Newswire Los Angeles radio: KNX1070, KSEQ, KSBY May 30, 2007

Tobacco heir speaks against legal drugs

Red Bluff (CA) Daily News, Red Bluff, CA

Son of tobacco executive speaks out

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.

Tobacco Heir Wants to Snuff Smoking

Reading (PA) Eagle, April 20, 2007

Kick Butts Week, 3 day tour, Pensacola, FL March 27 – 29, 2007

Associated Press

Pensacola News Journal

CBS TV 5 Pensacola

ABC TV 3 Pensacola

Fox TV 7 Miami

FOX TV 10 Mobile AL

NBC TV 15 Mobile AL

Pensacola News Journal (advance)

PBS WSRE TV Pensacola, April 12, 2007

Strong smoking ban considered in Belmont, CA

CBS Early Show, 8am, March 14, 2007

Movie industry under pressure to limit audiences for films with smoking

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.

[CT] Bill Could Raise Smoking Age to 21

Yale Daily News, New Haven CT, March 7, 2007

The Connecticut law would be a big step toward reducing tobacco addiction, said Patrick Reynolds…

More colleges ban smoking on campus

Debate between Patrick Reynolds and Gary Nolan, The Smoker’s Club MSNBC, March 3, 2007

New DVD: A Talk With Your Kids About Smoking, Kids’ Movies & TV, February 23, 2007

10 Tools To Help You Quit – 10 Scary Stats

OK Magazine (circulation 800,000), February 26, 2007

Patrick Reynolds, the Executive Director of, 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


MSNBC Afternoon Debate

January 16, 2007

CNBC, Power Lunch; MSNBC Morning Debate, January 22, 2007

Walgreen selling hand gel as cigarette substitute

Reuters Wire January 10, 2007 Story ran in Washington Post, MSNBC, Fox News, Toronto Star, Scientific American, Reuters UK, Malaysia Star, Reuters India, KPLC TV LA, etc.

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.”

Patrick Reynolds addressed students at Stephenville High School

Tobacco Took My Dad Away

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

5 city press tour for Smokefree Ohio:List of print coverageList of TV coverage

Toledo, October 27, 2006 The Toledo Blade Feature and EditorialJoin Together, WNOW NBC TV, WTOL CBS TV, WUPW Fox TV

Cincinnati, October 26, 2006Cincinnatti Enquirer, UPI, Cincinnati PostWKRC CBS TV, WLWT NBC TV WLW Radio Clear Channel

Dayton, October 26, 2006The Dayton NewsToledo (OH) Blade2WKEF ABC TV, WRGT Fox TV

Cleveland, October 25, 2006WTAM NewstalkThe Plain Dealer WKYC NBC TV (Cleveland, Akron, Canton)

Columbus, October 25, 2006WBNS CBS TV, WCMH NBC TV, WSYX ABC TV, WTTE FOX TV

Magnate’s grandson brings anti-smoking message to schools

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)

Kids get an anti-smoking message from former Big Tobacco heir

The Ridgewood (NJ) News (front page) October 13, 2006

Smoking scion wages war against tobacco

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.”

Is ban on underage smoking working?

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 &, 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.

The story of an important U.S. anti-tobacco advocate

Que Pasa, Santiago, Chile (Front page) Sunday, August 27, 2006

Tobacco companies judged racketeers by US Federal Judge

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

Good Samaritan Hospital Set to Ban Smoking on Grounds

Downers Grove (IL) Reporter, June 7, 2006

Libre: Dangers of smoking

Sun Star, Philippines – June 5, 2006

Other states more aggressive with anti-smoking campaigns

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, 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….

More cash sought to fight smoking

Chicago Tibune, April 19, 2006 Also: WGN, TV Channel 6, The Daily Herald, Pioneer Press

…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

Welcome to the Smoking Lounge (20MB download)

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.

100% Smoking Ban Takes Effect in Uraguay

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.”

Reynolds’ grandson — yes, of that tobacco empire — against smoking

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…

He Should Know

The Daily Times, Farmington, NM, January 18, 2006 Statewide ABC TV (KQAT) and Statewide NBC (KOB-TV) also ran stories

Smoking remains leading cause of death in county

Ann Arbor (MI) News, December 30, 2005

On the Money, host: Dylan Ratigan

CNBC, December 21, 2005

Companies should not be able to fire smokers, simply because they smoke at home

RJ Reynolds Grandson Opposes Smoking

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.

Bradley County targets tobacco use by young people

Chattanooga (TN) Times Free Press, November 25, 2005

Reynolds in Chattanooga

Chattanooga (TN) Times Free Press, November 17, 2005

Reynolds brings ‘Tobacco Wars!’ program to town

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.”

Can Inheritors Save the World?

Wealth Manager magazine, November, 2005, Profile

Big Tobacco heir bolsters smoke-free activists

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…”

Nicotine habits prove dangerous, hard to kick

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….

Anti-Smoking Tour: Tobacco company founder’s grandson brings health message to students, hospital

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.

Teens stick to smoking despite Jennings’ death

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….

Cigars aren’t healthier than cigarettes

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

Tobacco king’s grandson warns teens about smoking

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.

Tobacco heir sees death in smoking

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….

Segment on the new smoking bans in bars and restaurants

CBS Early Show, February 23, 2005, 8:07 am

Patrick Reynolds of 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.)

St. Cloud, FL bans smoking in City Parks, Little League games

Orlando Sentinel, November 15, 2004

TV Special: World Smoking Wars

SBS (Soeul Broadcasting System), Korea Documentary to air in mid November, 2004

Bowling alley owner not alone in fight against smoking ban

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 Truth About Tobacco Grandson of Tobacco Tycoon RJ Reynolds to Speak Locally

The Independent Appeal, Selmer, TN (Front page) October 27, 2004

The Smoking Gun

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”.

Los personajes más importantes en la lucha contra las tabacaleras

La Tercera, Santiago, Chile, October 3, 2004

City Council may butt in on public events

Glendale officials to ponder a voluntary ban on smoking Los Angeles Daily News, September 24, 2004

Government suit could ruin tobacco giants Racketeering case seeks $280 billion

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.

Backers call smoking bans along beaches healthy move

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.”

Advocate Addresses Tobacco Prevention Seminar at University of Arkansas

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.

Reynolds Clears Air about the Tobacco Industry

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.

Tobacco heir in Bucks to push anti-smoking agenda

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.”

TV story on how to quit smoking

ETTV Chinese TV, Cable Channel in US & China March 11, 2004

Tobacco fund sale criticized – Reynolds’ grandson opposes Owens’ plan

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….”

Fight over tobacco payout looms

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…”

Reynolds Heir Battles Smoking

Lecture at University of Notre Dame South Bend (IN) Tribune November 13, 2003

Tobacco Heir Fights Against Industry

Idaho State Journal – Pocatello November 3, 2003

Talks at two high schools WPMI, WALA and WKRG TV, Mobile, AL October 30, 2003

Governor’s Firm Tied to Big Tobacco

The Boston (MA) Herald, October 23, 2003

Tobacco baron’s grandson: Don’t start smoking

The Star Press, Muncie, IN, October 10, 2003

No smoke and mirrors during honest presentation by tobacco company heir

Homer (Alaska) Tribune October 1, 2003

RJR relative helps in fight against smoking

Louisville (KY) Courier Journal September 24, 2003

Grandson of tobacco giant speaks against smoking at Madison Central

Richmond (KY) Register, September 11, 2003

Reynolds to give unique view on tobacco

Pioneer News, Sheperdsville, KY, September 2, 2003

Spotlignt Profile

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

One man’s journey to make a difference against the tobacco industry

Avenue News, Baltimore, MD, April 2, 2003

Ban on Smoking Igniting a Debate

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

A Reynolds Fights the Family Business

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

R.J. Reynolds’ Grandson Stumps For Smoking Ban

Tampa Tribune, Tampa, FL, November 2, 2002

Memories impel two opponents of smoking

A tobacco scion, advocating passage of Amendment 6 St Petrersberg (FL) Times, November 2, 2002

Patrick Reynolds calling on Michigan voters to pass Proposal 4, the Healthy Michigan Amendment

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

Jury Awards Smoker $28 Billion in Punitive Damages Against Philip Morris

Metropolitan News-Enterprise, Los Angeles, October 7, 2002

New report shows a tobacco education speaker can have substantial impact, September 26, 2002

R.J. Reynolds’ grandson to speak against smoking

Bangor Daily News, Bangor, ME, September 16, 2002

New York City’s proposed 100% smoking ban

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…

Tobacco dying habit, kids hear

Florida Times Union, Jacksonville, FL, April 4, 2002

Tobacco heir warns against smoking

Albany Democrat Herald, Albany, OR, March 14, 2002

Tobacco heir to give anti-smoking talks

Albany (OR) Democrat-Herald, March 11, 2002

Should the legal age to buy tobacco be raised to 21?

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

Reynolds’ anti-tobacco speech hits home Superior smoking ban gains popularity

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

Philippe Boucher’s Rendez-vous with Patrick Reynolds

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

Tobacco lawsuit awarded $145 billion

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

Patrick Reynolds – Smokebuster! 

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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