Please forward this url to students and staff who may be interested.
A Lecture Program to rally students
around the smokefree cause
The Battle for a Smokefree Society
An acclaimed speaker who motivates,
inspires, entertains and educates
Patrick Reynolds is a grandson of the tobacco company founder, R.J. Reynolds, but the family's brands, Camel and Winston, killed his father and eldest brother. This nationally known tobaccofree advocate is a popular motivational speaker at universities, hospitals and schools around the nation.
Reynolds has become one of the nation's best-known US tobaccofree advocates, campaigning for ballot measures and State Assembly bills to ban smoking in the workplace, to increase State spending on teen smoking prevention programs, for FDA regulation and more. His bio is at www.tobaccofree.org/bio/.
Hospital Marketing Directors often co-sponsor his talks in part because press coverage of his appearances is strong and positive. That builds goodwill for them, and is an excellent outreach to the community members, too. See our Five Minute Plan with talking points.
See what clients are saying and check out our brochure for sponsors.
Note that Mr. Reynolds offers to speak twice, so schools may cut their cost in half by partnering with a nearby college. His second talk may also be donated to a local middle or high school.
"In a little over an hour, Reynolds went from being just another anti-tobacco speaker to something special," commented a front page story in one local paper. See the most recent news coverage of his lectures.
"Reynolds' impassioned talks were informative, funny, profound, motivating and poignant. A dazzling speaker, he skillfully mixed colorful stories about the RJ Reynolds family, Massachusetts and national tobacco data on a range of issues. Throughout his thought-provoking lectures, Reynolds interacted with his audiences and closed with an inspiring promise of the coming tobaccofree society.
"We received positive feedback from the community, students, teachers, and the general public. One member of the community told me, 'Jordan Hospital performed a great service to the community by bringing Patrick Reynolds to Plymouth.'
"As a result of the lectures, Jordan Hospital received strong pre- and post-lecture media coverage in the Boston Globe, the Old Colony Memorial newspaper, an interview on Boston's WBZ-AM radio station and local radio as well. Patrick Reynolds' passion and belief in his mission of preventing children from smoking was a resounding success for the community and for Jordan Hospital," said Christopher Smalley, Director of Marketing at Jordan Hospital in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
Please forward this url to the right people on campus -- perhaps the Student Activities Director, the student Lecture Chair or the Programming Board, the Dean of Student Health, the Wellness Center or other campus groups who would have an interest in this lecture.
Contact: Christine Hou
"Here in suburban Chicago, hospital marketing executives were thrilled with the positive front page news coverage. I wholeheartedly recommend this extraordinary speaker and his program. He received near universal praise from students and staff. This was a truly outstanding program and community event."
Jessica Gerdes, RN, MS, NCSN
DuPage County (IL) Health Department
"The 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....'"
Blue Planet, Green Living, December 2009
An informative and empowering talk
for universities and colleges
The Battle for a Smokefree Society
Tobacco is a truly important global issue: one out of three people worldwide are currently addicted. As a result, in coming decades, smoking may kill one billion people in this century, according to the UN World Health Organization.
Tobacco Wars! The Battle for a Smokefree Society educates and inspires college students and community members.
This speaker reaches the hearts and minds of his audiences. Patrick Reynolds opens with stories about the RJ Reynolds family, by turns colorful, humorous and moving. He speaks vividly and movingly about his memories his father's and eldest brother's deaths from smoking, and then switches gears and offers a report card on tobacco control in the State he is in.
He'll show slides offering clear evidence that tobacco advertising has targeted the young. He'll also compare your State to the rest of the nation in four areas: current State tobacco taxes, State spending this year on youth smoking prevention, spending on cessation, and your State's current laws limiting smoking in restaurants, bars and other workplaces. Finally, he'll suggest what can be done to bring about change.
Mr. Reynolds will also offer his insightful perspective on the influence of the tobacco lobby on Congress, the UN World Health Organization's Global Treaty on Tobacco Control, ratified by 170 nations as of June, 2011, the new FDA law to regulate tobacco, and the cutting of highly successful tobacco prevention programs by most States.
He'll provide the current number of States which have passed strong Statewide 100% smoking bans (29 as of October, 2011).
Patrick will recount the moving and powerful story of Sean Marsee, a young track star who died at 19 from chewing tobacco. He'll illustrate that story with shocking before and after Power Point slides.
For comic relief, he shows some hilarious slides which make fun of Joe Camel, depicting him in a hospital bed, and present "Malboro Country" as a group of smokers huddled in an alley behind an office building, getting their nicotine fix.
He will include mention of other addictions of our society -- drugs, alcohol, food, sex and entertainment. "Looking at the big picture, these addictions are a way of avoiding our pain, and changing our mood. But it's better to face the problem at hand instead of avoiding our feelings," he says.
At some colleges, he revives the ancient tradition of initiation during his talk. "I won't take you out into the forest or desert and make your life painful, as they did in ancient times. But I'll give you the core message: life is designed to be painful, and you can do it. When tough moments come, don't avoid your pain by using tobacco, drugs, alcohol, or even abuse food, music, or work, like so many uninitiated adults do. Instead, stay with your problem, talk to others about it, and take steps to solve it. Share your problem and feelings with someone, whether your friends, the school counselor, or your parents. Welcome! You're initiated now. Welcome to the world of adults."
Mr. Reynolds also includes a short section near the end to empower students to keep faith in the future, and to deal more effectively with their doubts and fears about the years ahead. In an age of economic upheaval and an uncertain economy, new diseases such as AIDS, SARS and bird flu, reports on global warming, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the threat of terrorist attacks at home -- all these have raised levels of worry and pessimism among students about the future.
Mr. Reynolds believes that the danger of widespread pessimism among youth is a likely contributor to increased rates of tobacco, alcohol and drug use. If we can inspire students to keep faith in the future, this should motivate them to hold on to their health.
Mr. Reynolds asks students to 1) Talk about their worries and fears to another person, 2) Affirm the positive, 3) Reevaluate: what is real wealth, anyway? Is it only about money? and 4) to "Catch my faith, my rock solid faith in that in the long term, there are wondrous years ahead of us all." He urges students to, "Stay tobacco, drug and alcohol free, for the wondrous, amazing times ahead. Don't smoke, don't drink and don't use drugs — you'll need your health, every precious bit of it, in the incredible future that's coming to us all." To preview this section, see video Clip 5 on the clips page.
Finally Mr. Reynolds offers a closing promise — an inspiring vision of the coming tobaccofree society.
After, there is a Q & A session, and if time permits, an informal reception following the talk.
Contact: Christine Hou
Patrick Reynolds' appearances in the national media and before Congress have made this grandson of tobacco company magnate R.J. Reynolds an internationally known and respected advocate for a smokefree society.
Mr. Reynolds saw his father, oldest brother, and other relatives die from cigarette induced emphysema and lung cancer. Concerned about the mounting health evidence against tobacco, in 1986 he became the first tobacco industry figure to turn his back on the cigarette business.
In the words of former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, "Patrick Reynolds is one of the nation's most influential advocates of a smokefree America." His book, THE GILDED LEAF, published by Little, Brown in 1989, was a bestseller, and he founded The Foundation for a Smokefree America in the same year.
A dynamic speaker, Mr. Reynolds entertains, educates and motivates audiences. And the media coverage of his appearance will bring the smokefree message to your entire community. Patrick Reynolds has addressed Congress, State legislatures, major corporations, associations, health conferences, universities, and high and elementary schools.
Patrick Reynolds' appearances in the international press include profiles by Time, Newsweek, AP, UPI, NBC's Tom Brokaw, CBS' Dan Rather, ABC World News, CNN Headline News, and numerous features by the world's major dailies. He has also made memorable TV appearances on Oprah, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Larry King, ABC's Nightline, Phil Donahue, Extra, Entertainment Tonight, and numerous other national and international television and radio shows.
Mr. Reynolds has been called powerful, inspirational and motivating. His dynamic talk makes a lasting impression, and media coverage has been consistently positive and strong.
Make one local phone call to a local hospital's Director of Marketing, See our suggested cosponsors and talking points.
one local phone call to a likely sponsor, to bring Mr. Reynolds
in to present a motivational talk in your city. Your phone call
proposing this idea may soon result in a live talk to youth or
adults, and you'll have made a difference in your community. Please
take a minute and look over our suggested
local sponsors and talking points.