Patrick Reynolds supports the plight of Ontario’s Youth gathered in Nation’s Capital to fight the evils of tobacco

OTTAWA, May 12 /CNW/ – After living a life with a big wig tobacco executive for a father, and later watching him and his brother die of tobacco-related cancer, Patrick Reynolds is sharing his insights into the
evils of the tobacco industry with Ontario’s youth. At the second annual Take!Action Youth Summit for a Smoke-Free Ontario, special guest Patrick Reynolds will be speaking for the first time in Ontario
in more than 15 years, inspiring the summit delegates to continue their battle against big tobacco.

These youth aren’t going to let the tobacco industry target their generation anymore. Come and watch them Take!Action!!!

The YAA program is a provincial initiative of the Ministry of Health Promotion involving all 36 Ontario Public Health Units. There are a total of 57 Youth Action Alliance clusters, each comprised of seven to 10 youth between the ages of 13 and 18. The program’s mandate is to engage middle and high school aged youth in tobacco control activities, and to promote that through collective action, they can positively affect change in their community. The YAAs’ goals are to change the social norms that support youth tobacco abuse and to counter tobacco industry marketing practices.

The Lung Association’s Youth Advocacy Training Institute (YATI) is a youth-centered, training institute that seeks to enhance the capacity of Ontario Youth Action Alliance members. Its purpose is to engage, empower and support youth in the fight against commercial tobacco by providing ongoing training and technical assistance.

The Lung Association is one of Canada’s oldest voluntary, not-for-profit health-promotion organizations. The Lung Association is concerned with the prevention and control of asthma, chronic lung disease caused by smoking and with air quality and its effect on lung health. The Ontario Lung Association was incorporated in 1945, and has community offices across the province. Visit The Lung Association online at, or call 1-800-972-2636 for more information.

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