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Son of tobacco executive speaks out

    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.

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    Who:         Patrick Reynolds and 600 of Ontario's Youth with a passion
                 to Take!Action against the tobacco industry
    When:        Saturday May 12, 2007
    Time:        10 am
    Where:       Executive Suite, Ottawa Congress Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive
    Interviews:  Media are invited to interview the following participants:
                 Patrick Reynolds, tobaccofree.org
                 Youth:   Central West region - Connal MacNamara, Alex
                          Pedersen
                          Central East region - Vaibhav Gupta, Amanda Webb
                          East region - Caroline Ranger, Catherine Laska
                          South West region - Deanna Underwood, Jelisa Clarke
                          North East region - Lara Garner, Paige Shemilt,
                          Cassandra Levesque
                          North West region - Kathryn Morgan
                          Toronto - Jomo McCormack, Christina Nuamah
    >>

    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 www.on.lung.ca, or call 1-800-972-2636 for more
information.



For further information: Lauren Wolff, (416) 451-2061

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