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An anti-smoking activist who worked with the Coalition for a Smokefree America. He was the grandson of the RJ Reynolds who began the cigarette company.
1990 Aug 14: He is the grandson of the founder of the RJ Reynolds company, spoke at a hearing in Los Angeles on a restaurant smoking ban. He said that, "The evidence is in. and its overwhelming" (that ETS causes cancer). He had broken with family and now crusaded against tobacco.
1985 Jan: Congress testimony:
Patrick Reynolds, grandson of the founder of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., said "cigarette advertising is the single biggest lie perpetrated on the American people. I believe that cigarette advertising is a promotion of a poisonous product, and that it is moral, right, and good to eliminate all advertising of cigarettes."
1986 July 25: Wall Street Journal article on the attitude of employees of the cigarette industry.
In a rare defection, the grandson of tobacco- company founder R.J. Reynolds, is making an anti-tobacco advertisement for the American Lung Association. "When my grandfather began manufacturing cigarettes, we didn't know they were dangerous," says Patrick Reynolds, a 32-year-old actor. "Now that we do, I want to do something about it."
Mr. Reynolds, who sold his stock in RJR seven years ago, says his father, who smoked heavily for years, suffered from emphysema and died "a terrible death" at the age of 58.