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Should smoking be made illegal?
MSNBC, Host:Dr. Nancy Snyderman
October 15, 2009, 12:15pm EST

Guest Patrick Reynolds debates.

Obama Signs Bill for FDA Regulation of Tobacco
Fox News Channel, Opening Bell
June 22nd, 2009, 9:45am EST

Guest Patrick Reynolds explains the bill for FDA regulaton of tobacco, and his plans to tour in China, India, Russia, the Middle East, and other nations where smoking rates are high.

Patrick Reynolds: An Unlikely Advocate
for FDA Regulation of Tobacco

 KCBS TV, Los Angeles, June 22, 2009


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.


SKAI TV Network
Media proifile in Greece
, April 27, 2009
Also see print coverage, April 28 - May 7

Mr. Reynolds was invited by the Health Minister of Greece to build public awareness of the dangers of smoking and second hand smoke. His visit attracted major national press coverage and he recieved a strong letter of recomendation from a high official in the Greek Health Ministry, to be shown to other Health Ministers.


Fox News Channel, Brett Baier
June 24, 2007, 1:40 pm

Quitting more effective than Phillip Morris' safer cigarette

Patrick Reynolds: "It will be decades before we have reliable data on whether this cigarette is truly safer; it takes 20 to 30 years to get the heart and lung disease smoking causes. Will it 5% safer or 25% safer? It's like jumping off the 10th floor instead of the 20th floor. The only safe thing to do is to quit.

"Twenty states have now passed laws providing for 100% smokefree bars and restaurants -- eighteen of them in the past four years alone... Phillip Morris, watch out!"


CBS Early Show
March 14, 2007, 7:53am

Banning smoking everywhere

The town of Belmont, CA is considering a ban of smoking in apartments with shared ventilation systems.

Guests: Patrick Reynolds of Smokefree America, and Esther Schiller of the Smokefree Apartment House Registry


March 13, 2007
Movie industry under pressure to
limit audiences for films with smoking

(Website summary only)

“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.


March 3, 2007
More colleges ban smoking on campus
Windows Media file

Debate between Patrick Reynolds and
Gary Nolan, The Smoker's Club


Smoking in cars with children present

CNBC, Power Lunch, Debate, January 22, 2007
Also: MSNBC Debate, January 19, 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, Foundation For A SmokeFree America Executive Director; Gary Nolan, The Smoker's Club Spokesman and CNBC's Sue Herera.


Patrick Reynolds' 5 city press tour of Ohio with the
American Cancer Society's campaign manager

Competing Ohio Ballot Measures:
Educating the public about Issue 5, Statewide 100% Smokefree Restaurants & Bars, VS. Issue 4, an R.J. Reynolds-sponsored measure to permit smoking statewide

October 27, 2006

October 26, 2006
Cincinnatti and Dayton

October 25, 2006
Cleveland and Columbus

Text list of TV News coverage
Text list of print coverage


Missouri Amendment 3 | Cigarette tax

Press conference in Kansas City, MO
October 17, 2006

Kansas City, MO, Channel 9 KMBC (ABC), Channel 4 WDAF (FOX)

Text at KMBC website
Text at Fox4 Website


Anti-smoking advocate denounces family ties to the tobacco industry
Tampa FL, Channel 10 (CBS), May 10, 2006

Anti-smoking grandson of RJ Reynolds tells kids, Don't smoke!

Tampa FL, Bay News 9, May 9, 2006

"In the school auditorium at Middleton High Wednesday morning, Patrick Reynolds took the stage, microphone in hand, and began telling his story."

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Statewide New Jersey, NYC and parts of NY State and PA

April 27, 2006

Reynolds, to teens during a talk at a high school in Somerset County, NJ: "By making itself the outlaw rebel of the tobacco industry, who do you think RJ Reynolds is positioning itself to appeal to?" Shows the audience RJR's candy flavored cigarette ads, and RJR's Kool packages with a DJ, hip-hop artist and youth party on recent packaging.

... News anchor, concluding story: Reynolds says New Jersey is doing very little to shield kids from the dangers that lurk in their first puff. He's calling for higher levels of funding for the State's youth tobacco prevention programs -- specifically to designate more than just 1% of the more than $1 billion the State collects each year in tobacco revenues. He applauds the Garden State for its $2.40 per pack cigarette tax and the recent Clean Indoor Air Act.

High Speed


Fox News Channel
Are tobacco tax hikes fair to smokers?
Neil Cavuto, Your World
March 27, 2006

High speed


CBS Evening News
Repeated next morning on affiliates
March 20, 2006


"While executives of the tobacco giant [RJR] 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."

High Speed

Welcome to the Smoking Lounge (Text version at CBS website)


On the Money with Dylan Ratigan
Patrick Reynolds: "Companies should not be able to fire smokers simply because they smoke at home."
December 21, 2005

High speed


Ohio Public Radio
December 15, 2005

RJ Reynolds Grandson Opposes Smoking


Tucker Carlson
Debate about the new, "safer" cigarette
November 7, 2005
High speed


Fox News Channel
Your World with Neil Cavuto
Should NW Airlines ask employees to quit smoking, to reduce the airline's health insurance costs?
October 19, 2005

High speed


Fox News Channel
Your World with Neil Cavuto
A broken promise to our kids -- States not spending Big Tobacco's lawsuit payments on tobacco prevention programs, despite proven success in several States
December 13, 2002
High speed


Talkback Live
Should the legal age to buy tobacco be raised to 21?
February 21, 2002

High speed


The Early Show

Tobacco lawsuit awards $145 billion to FL smokers
Should these lawsuits be allowed?
July 18, 2000

High Speed


Norwalk, Bellevue, Ashland, Mansfield, Ohio
Speaking tour of Ohio middle and high schools
sponsored by a hospital in each city
February 12, 2008


Alexandria, Louisiana
Jan 9, 2008
ABC 31 News
KALB (NBC) News Channel 5, Live at Noon


Patrick Reynolds' new DVD for families
A Talk With Your Kids About Smoking
Excerpts from our new video for families, of Patrick Reynolds' live talk for grades 7 thru 12.
Release date: July 1, 2005
Selection of online video clips