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Everett Koop has commented, "Patrick Reynolds is one of the nation's most influential advocates for a smokefree America.

Reynolds has devoted his life to furthering the goal of a smokefree society, and motivating young people to stay tobacco free. His University lecture and Health Conference keynote combines his skills as a motivational speaker with an up-to-date report on today's Tobacco Wars.

He covers many of the topics below in his talks. Make one local call to get sponsorship for a talk! Who to call in your city, plus talking points His talk for adults for colleges, community members and health conferences His assembly program for high schools and middle schools View video and audio clips from the bestselling educational video of his live talk For our complete information package, click here. For a brief summary of Mr. Reynolds' talks for youth and his college lecture, click here.

Below are topics covered in our live program for Universities, Community Members and Health Conferences. The Battle for a Smokefree Society. The answer is simple: When we change our mood with diversions like these, we numb out, shut down and shut out our pain — and we do nothing to solve the problem causing it. Stay with the problem. Think about what's causing your difficulty, try to clearly identify it and be aware of it.

Next, talk about it to others. It's by talking about our problems that we can best solve them, and begin to heal. Stay with what's bothering you, talk to a trusted friend, family member or mentor, and then take a step to solve your problem.

Taking even a small first step is important. In short, when life's problems arise, and they most certainly will, don't alter your mood with smoking, alcohol, drugs, music, or working too hard. Tough it out, and do the work at hand — to stay with the hard moment, and talk to someone about it. Life is not meant to be easy. It's difficult by design. By our personal struggles, we build and define our character. Dealing with life's obstacles and failures empowers each of us to become stronger, and to reach our full potential as adult men and women.

And — you can do it! His personal story of becoming a tobaccofree advocate Patrick tells his story of watching his father die from smoking when he was a boy. In his talks to young people he pauses to asks, "How many of you in the audience grew up part of the time without your biological father living at home with you? How do you feel about that? Tonight we are going to connect the things I talk about to our feelings Reynolds thought the Federal tobacco tax, then 16 cents, should be increased, the Senator invited Patrick to testify before a Congressional committee.

When Patrick's Congressional testimony was later carried by major newsmedia, invitations from health groups to lend his support poured in. He crisscrossed the nation, publicly championing smoking bans, vending machine bans and State cigarette tax increases.

As Patrick volunteered for these political campaigns, he became more deeply committed to the tobaccofree cause — and increasingly aware of what the obstacles were to further progress for the growing movement for a smokefree America. Contributions from to were tallied. Scroll down for more about this. Until now, tobacco has enjoyed the unusual special privilege of escaping significant oversight. If passed by Congress, the FDA will have the authority to: In , five states joined that list, far more than in any previous year.

In , eight more States signed on, bringing the current total to In some States, governors and Legislatures have been slow to respond, perhaps due to the power of the tobacco lobby and campaign contributions by Big Tobacco, in the millions annually.

In response, the health community, usually led by a coalition of the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association and the American Heart Association, often work to place a measure on State ballots, and put the matter before voters.

These ballot measures are passing by landslide margins in every election. The Restaurant Associations, often backed by Big Tobacco, were wrong. Tobacco tax increases Increasing tobacco taxes is a win for three reasons: As a result, there is little liability for politicians to vote for them. It's no wonder that since the start of , more than 42 States have increased their cigarette taxes.

In Missouri, Big Tobacco also successfully spent millions to defeat an 80 cent tax hike on the ballot there. President Bush has not led Congress in the direction of increasing the Federal tax beyond the present 32 cent per pack.

The Judicial branch of our government, free of the influence of campaign contributions, delivered a great victory over the tobacco industry. Congress and President Bush, however, have thus far failed to be pro-active in the fight against Big Tobacco.

Notably, city governments are, like the courts, free of campaign contributions by Big Tobacco. Reynolds also discusses which politicians have taken Big Tobacco's contributions, and cites a study saying that officials who take tobacco industry money are several times more likely to vote the way Big Tobacco wants them to. The tobacco industry's own documents showed that they knew that their products were addictive and caused disease and death, yet they concealed that knowledge, claiming publicly for decades, 'It's never been proven that cigarettes cause disease.

They used cartoon characters like Joe Camel, and recently, images of DJ's and rappers on cigarette packaging and other marketing materials.

They also used powerful role models for young people, such as the Marlboro Man and images of successful, independent women. They targeted youth knowing that teens were their most likely new customers. Indeed, studies show that only one smoker in ten starts smoking after reaching age After 19, the tobacco industry is not likely to rope them in.

In a secret meeting in the 's between all the major tobacco companies, tobacco executives agreed to stonewall the truth about the health dangers of smoking. The meeting was held at New York's Plaza Hotel in the 's. They would later also conceal their knowledge of the addictive properties of nicotine, and deny that second hand smoke was hazardous, when they knew otherwise.

The Federal Government's Lawsuit During his early years in office, President Bush's budgets made a choice to grossly under fund the lawsuit launched by President Clinton in Finally, Congress appropriated funding for the US Department of Justice to continue the Federal Government's case, which seeks to hold the tobacco industry accountable for decades of harmful and illegal practices.

These include concealing the health risks of smoking and targeting children in multi-million dollar advertising campaigns. The trial began on September 21, , and is continuing. If the government wins, they will seek to require the tobacco companies to fund youth tobacco prevention programs and also to provide funding to help smokers quit. If adequately funded, this could cost the tobacco industry from tens of billions to hundreds of billions.

The Federal governments lawsuit against Big Tobacco seeks some of the same restrictions which FDA Regulation would also bring see bulleted points above. Significantly, however, the Federal government's lawsuit will seek strong new limits on tobacco advertising and marketing. Tobacco advertising continues to be strongly protected by our Constitution's First Amendment, or Freedom of Speech.

One possible solution to reducing or eliminating tobacco advertising is to include this as a deal point in the settlement of the government's lawsuit. The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control In response to the worldwide tobacco pandemic, a global treaty became international law on February 27th, The Treaty has been signed by nations and ratified by more than While the US has signed the treaty, as of April, , President Bush has still failed to send it on to the Senate for ratification.

The treaty calls on signing nations to: This reduces smoking among youth and adults. Measures which have been effective in the US to help bring about declining smoking rates include tax increases, smoking bans and youth prevention programs. The Framework Convention Alliance is playing a key role in informing policymakers and increasing cooperation among nations. Reynolds shows these overheads in his video and live talks. Art by Adbusters Advertising: Targeting youth — and women, blacks, Asians, Latinos, and Third World peoples Cigarette ad campaigns have targeted all these groups; Mr.

Reynolds opens students' eyes to the truth about tobacco ad campaigns which have targeted them. He uses humorous spoofs of cigarette ads, such as Joe Camel above, dying from cancer in a hospital bed. About the Malboro Country ad just above, he points out, "These smokers are gathered outside, because they aren't welcome inside the building. Today, being a nonsmoker is the norm. If you smoke, you're often not welcome around others.

Seven States Attorneys General have sued to stop the tobacco companies from targeting youth, on the grounds that it violates a deal point in the settlement of the States' lawsuit against Big Tobacco. In October, , R. Reynolds finally agreed to take its candy-flavored cigarettes almost completely off the market, and to stop running ads associating them with alcoholic beverages. Reynolds Candy-flavored Camel Cigarettes Click each ad for a larger view.

Click each ad for a larger view. See our more detailed page on smoking in TV and films. Studies showed that characters in the movies are much more likely to smoke than a person in real life. In this way, movies have mislead many teens into thinking that smoking is more popular than it actually is. Even worse, many stars have made smoking look cool to kids when they go to movies. One effective response is to shine the media spotlight on movie and TV stars who make smoking look cool in their films.

Let's give a dose of healthy shame to producers, directors and stars who make smoking look cool to kids. John Travolta smoked in every film he'd appeared in during the 90's. Julia Roberts smoked in several of her films, as did other stars -- Brad Pitt, Wynona Ryder, and others.

We uncovered this photo of an old ad for Lark cigarettes by Pierce Brosnan, seen in Japan. But Brosnan has since shown tremendous leadership in the Hollywood community, by forswearing smoking in his films. He has set a brilliant example for other stars. Charlie Sheen's ad for Parliament ran in Japan.

He set a bad example for youth who look up to him. Just a few years ago, some producers would take large payments from the tobacco companies to place cigarette brands in films. In Superman II , woman reporter Lois Lane, a nonsmoker in the comics, chain-smoked Marlboros, and the Marlboro brand name appeared some 40 times in the film. Of course, Lois Lane is a role model for young girls. An Initiation To help prepare students to deal responsibly with tough moments in their lives and not resort to drugs, alcohol or tobacco , Mr.

Reynolds revives the universal ancient tradition of Initiation. In this inspiring section near the close of his talk, he points out, "For many thousands of years, in diverse societies all over the world, the older members of the tribe would take the younger ones out into the forest or desert to initiate them into life. Although there was no radio or newsmedia, tribes all over the Earth engaged in this practice, whether by intuition, common sense, tradition, or some blend of these.

This near-universal rite of passage of ancient times has been all but forgotten by our modern society. I believe the core purpose was to let youths know that life would at times be painful, to expect difficulty, and that this is in a normal part of adult life.

At the conclusion, most initiation rites would welcome the young to the world of adults. I'm not going to inflict physical pain or have any rituals. I'm just going to inform you, in no uncertain terms, that life will sometimes be painful. It's designed to be that way And it's by staying with our pain that we solve the problem and heal — not by running away from it. Take the harder road. Only a baby gets instant gratification; adults have to delay and wait for it. Often there is healing just in talking about the problem to someone.

You can do it — you're up to the challenge! So stay with the problem and deal with it. Welcome to the world of adults. Youth smoking has been on the decline since , thanks in part to effective new tobacco prevention and education programs in some States.

A CDC study suggested that cigarette ad campaigns targeting youth, such as the cartoon camel and the Marlboro Man, were a significant factor in the dramatic upsurge in teen smoking. The study also pointed to a substantial increase in the amount smoking in TV and movies by film stars. Reynolds believes the new anxiety among youth has also helped fuel a rise in teen smoking and campus binge drinking.

In a paper for the Stanford Medical Review, he identified a third possible factor helping explain the increase in youth smoking from '88 to ' He pointed to market research by Coca-Cola, which showed that "great numbers of young people today suffer from intense anxiety about the future and an acute sense of diminished expectations.

Time, May 3, Since September 11th and the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, many our youth are more worried about the years ahead. Reynolds, "many of today's teens may be more prone to engage in high risk behaviors, before an uncertain tomorrow arrives. To counteract this new attitude, he devotes a brief section of his anti-smoking talk to motivating students to believe more strongly in the future.

He does this first by encouraging them to talk to others and not isolate, second to think more positively, and third, to reevaluate what real wealth is. He questions whether wealth is purely about material things. Finally, he inspires students with "my own strong faith in the future — that no matter what, things will eventually be OK.

So hold on to your health. Don't smoke, don't use drugs, and don't drink, because you'll need your health — every precious bit of it — for the wondrous and amazing years ahead.

The story in Florida is an example, and became a template which other states would follow. So Florida's ban instead came from the voters in a ballot measure initiated by a coalition of the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association, the American Heart Association, and other groups.

In States that are burdened in this way, one of the highest priorities of local tobaccofree groups is to repeal preemption. As of , only four States have allocated even the CDC's minimum recommended amount for an effective tobacco education campaign, despite proof that these programs have been spectacularly successful in States that funded them well.

These programs work, but nonetheless forty five States have not even met the CDC's minimum recommended amount. In , a troubling new trend emerged: Several have now securitized all or part of their entire 25 years of settlement payments.

This means they took a smaller up front payment, in place of all or some of their future payments. Wisconsin securitized its entire 25 years of settlement payments just to pay down a portion of their budget shortfall. Twenty five years of potential tobacco education funding simply went up in smoke. Similar measures may be passed in California and other States. Congress has done little to get in Big Tobacco's way — Why?

In spite of the overall progress made by other divisions of government — the courts, a very small handful of State legislatures, and many local governments — Congress has done almost nothing to regulate Big Tobacco. In fact, for more than thirty years, Congress has passed no bill making it harder for children to purchase cigarettes, no laws to limit cigarette advertising, and no Federal workplace smoking law.

And for thirty years, Congress has passed no substantial increase in the Federal tobacco tax; the US tobacco tax continues to be among the lowest in the industrialized world.

A clear pattern emerges here: State Legislatures and Congress, on the other hand, have too often been strongly influenced by Big Tobacco, and its hired lobbyists and campaign donations, which have little effect over local City Halls and the courts. Even though little of the money has been used for youth education and smoking cessation programs, this hurt Big Tobacco both financially, and in terms of its public image.

Previously Ashcroft had dragged his feet about letting this case proceed — even under funding the DOJ attorneys pursuing the case, which impeded it for a time.

The tobacco industry was the largest political contributor to the Republicans in the last election, and some speculated this was no accident. Looking at the larger picture, many other industries have also amassed excessive influence over Congress, through huge political donations and hundreds of hired lobbyists. Reynolds points out that the large corporations have amassed truly awesome power over our government. The tobacco industry, he says, is a prime example of excessive corporate influence over Congress.

By April, , after the long awaited and bitterly contested passage of Campaign Finance Reform by Congress, more dollars were flowing to our elected officials than ever before.

Both parties went on an unprecedented binge of political fundraising, collecting as much as possible before the new bill became law in November, Since that time, foes have challenged the new law in the courts, and doing their best to weaken the law with loopholes and added rules.

And the special interest money, like water finding its way down through the cracks, continues to wend its way to the politicians and parties. Despite most politicians' claims that political donations have no effect over the way they vote, no corporate executive gives away millions of company dollars without expecting something substantial in return. Any executive who did would be fired. Studies show that politicians who have accepted donations from the tobacco companies were several times more likely to vote the way Big Tobacco wanted them to.

Thus our former system of campaign finance effectively helped the tobacco industry elude significant regulation by Congress for many decades.

He also believes that the Internet offers some excellent possibilities for reducing the cost of political campaigns. Is smoking a matter of personal choice? Is tobacco a personal freedoms issue? In another spin, the cigarette industry aggressively promoted this idea. But there is little freedom in enslavement to nicotine. And shouldn't nonsmokers have the freedom to breath clean air? This campaign was an effort by big tobacco to divert our attention away from one basic truth: Nicotine replacement products like the patch and gum are sold over-the-counter, while Zyban requires a prescription.

Smoking is directly responsible for approximately 90 percent of lung cancer deaths and approximately percent of COPD emphysema and chronic bronchitis deaths Fun Fact Today I hope I am able to convince you to never smoke or to stop smoking. Also make you aware of the many negative affects it can have on you and the people around you. Smoking can affect many things. These things being your wallet, your body, and your appearance. Smoking cigarettes is a very expensive hobby. The average price for a box of cigarettes in Texas is 7.

Most smokers have to take hours out of their day just to smoke. Not only that but if you do smoke it takes a lot of dollars out of your wallet Not only will the cost of cigarettes pile up but most likely medical bills will follow.

Because smoking can cause so many cancers and diseases you might end up having to add in the cost of the medication or hospital bills it took or still takes to fix you. Not only can smoking cigarettes take a large toll on your wallet but on your body as well. Cigarettes have about 4, chemicals and 69 of those can cause cancer. Among current smokers, chronic lung disease accounts for 73 percent of smoking-related conditions.

Even smokers who have quit, chronic lung disease accounts for 50 percent of smoking-related conditions. Not only can smoking cause many diseases and cancers there are also many immediate effects of just inhaling one cigarette. This includes toxic gases such as formaldehyde and ammonia immediately putting your immune system on alert, causing allover inflammation. At the same time, carbon monoxide from the smoke is starting to build up in your blood, limiting your body's ability to transport oxygen to your vital organs http: So we now all know how smoking can effect your body and your wallet but there's one last thing that people tend to care about more than anything Your appearance is effected dramatically after smoking.

One the biggest things effected is your teeth. After smoking just one cigarette your teeth are lined with a faint brown film. Over time nicotine can stain teeth turning them an ugly yellow color. So in addition to the escalating costs of buying and smoking your cigarettes, add in the cost of tooth whitening A study came up with the term Smoker's Face to describe certain facial characteristics, such as wrinkles, gauntness, and a gray appearance of the skin, caused by smoking.

Cigarette smoke contains carbon monoxide, which displaces the oxygen in your skin, and nicotine, which reduces blood flow, leaving skin dry and discolored. Cigarette smoking also depletes many nutrients, including vitamin C, which helps protect and repair skin damage.

The 4, chemicals in tobacco smoke can trigger the destruction of collagen and elastin. These are the fibers that give your skin its strength and elasticity. Smoking or even being around secondhand smoke can lead to many wrinkles, saggy skin and lines around your mouth.

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