Grandson of tobacco baron to speak at hospital, KHS

By Anonymous
Posted Oct 05, 2011 @ 10:43 AM

Patrick Reynolds, grandson of tobacco company founder RJ Reynolds, will present two assemblies in Kewanee later this month.  
The programs are being sponsored by Kewanee Hospital’s Community Relations Committee (through a chronic disease prevention grant from the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network) and OSF St. Francis Home Care Services.
Reynolds is well known for speaking out publicly against the cigarette industry in Congress after his own father died from smoking. He has become an outspoken opponent of Big Tobacco, and is executive director of the Foundation for a Smokefree America.
Reynolds will begin his visit with a presentation to Kewanee Hospital staff, volunteers, Development Council members, board of trustees, and local OSF St. Francis Home Care Services staff.  
During the assembly, Reynolds will tell his personal story of crossing over to fight for ‘‘the other side’’ and provide an update on the state of Illinois’ battle against smoking.
In the afternoon, students of Kewanee and Wethersfield High Schools will gather in Petersen Auditorium to hear Reynolds tell the story of his father’s death from smoking. He will emphasize the addictiveness of tobacco, and show slides illustrating how the tobacco industry has targeted youth.
“Kewanee Hospital is an absolute supporter of smoking cessation,” said Kristin Keane, director of Marketing and Development at Kewanee Hospital. “We are thrilled Mr. Reynolds is visiting our community and know his message will have a tremendous impact on our staff, community members, and youth.”