This is the best charity we've found; I've researched several in the anti-tobacco area. Their work educating kids not to start tobacco is excellent and effective. The live assembly programs they perform in schools are impactful, and even have attracted local media. Their much acclaimed educational video, The Truth About Tobacco, is now in over 11,000 schools. When I searched 'anti-smoking' on Google and other major search engines, they came up number one, so they must be reaching thousands of people every day in the US and around the world. I think this group is truly worthy of support.
Great Organization!!! They have helped many people and I'm sure they will continue the good work.
Smoking is probably the most toxic polluter on the planet next to nuclear radiation. And, Foundation For A Smokefree America is spreading the word. Also, I've never met anyone who's had cancer or died from cancer who didn't smoke.
I lost both parents to lung cancer as they were heavy smokers most of their lives. Patrick Reynolds has done so much to educate young people before they really get hooked. My parents were addicted early on, soldiers were given cigarettes during WWII. Mr Reynolds has worked tirelessly appearing at schools and hospitals telling his story. His family profited from the sale of tobacco and his own father fell victim to tobacco, the fortune he created was of no use to him at that point. We have banned cigarettes from most public places and the prices are extraordinarily high yet many young people continue to smoke. Patrick Reynolds has made it his mission to warn them of the dangers before they start, as heroin is to a drug addict, cigarettes are to the smoker.
Being from the preeminent tobacco family in the world, Patrick Reynolds could have chosen to inherit a family fortune and keep quiet about the dangers of tobacco use. But he did not do this. Fueled by an unshakeable integrity Mr. Reynolds reaches out to our next generation and shares his personal story of losing his father and brother to death as a result of cigarette smoking.
Imagine a member of the KROC family (McDonald's) speaking out against the horribly ill effects of fast food on the body or a Rockefeller (Standard Oil, Exxon Mobile, Chevron) crusading to get us off fossil fuels. This kind of public honesty is lacking in our world today.
I have heard Mr. Reynold's speak. I have met this man. I truly believe that with the proper financial support of good people like us that we can get him in front of as many of our youth as possible. Imagine a young boy or girl sitting in an auditorium and experiencing this man's story. Patrick Reynolds and the Foundation for a Smokefree America will make the kind of impact that can shift a generation.