Motivational speaker to discuss smoke-free society

by Kate Bloomquist

Nationally known motivational speaker Patrick Reynolds, grandson of tobacco company founder R.J. Reynolds, will give a talk titled “Tobacco Wars: The Battle for a Smoke Free Society,” at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 12) in the McKenna Hall auditorium at the University of Notre Dame.p. Sponsored by Notre Dame’s Office of Alcohol and Drug Education, IRISHealth, and the Healthy Communities Initiative of St. Joseph County, the event is free and open to the public.p. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company is the nation’s second largest cigarette manufacturer. Patrick Reynolds was the first tobacco industry figure to turn his back on a family company, which he did after losing his father and brother to lung cancer. He has since lobbied for a smoke-free society in both Congress and state governments, spoken at many schools nationwide, and in 1989 created the Foundation for a Smokefree America.

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