Reynolds to speak at local schools
Published 8:28 pm Friday, March 21, 2014
Patrick Reynolds, grandson of the tobacco company founder, R.J. Reynolds, and a spokesman of Tobaccofree.org, will be speaking to students and faculty at Bainbridge High School next Tuesday, March 25 at 9:45 p.m., then again at Bainbridge Middle School at 1:20 p.m.
The event, co-sponsored by Memorial Hospital and Manor and the Decatur County School Foundation, is an effort to educate our youth about the consequences of smoking tobacco.
Reynolds has gained national recognition as a smoke free advocate as he, “Tells the truth about Tobacco.” He relates losing his father and his eldest brother, both of whom died as a result of smoking the family brands, Camels and Winstons.
Telling the truth about tobacco involves placing an emphasis on the addictiveness of nicotine, and providing motivation for making ethical choices and saying no to peer pressure.
As Reynolds travels the country talking to schools and hospital groups about his life, school administrators report he creates an extraordinary bond with the students, especially in those schools with culturally diverse and underprivileged teens.