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Statements of Support



Letters of support from political campaign managers
who have worked with Patrick Reynolds
:

Wendy Simpkins, Senior Director of Corporate Communications
American Cancer Society, Ohio Division, April 26, 2007

Chris Quint, Director of Public Policy,
Colorado Tobacco Education and Prevention Alliance
December 17, 2003

Roy Mitchell, Mississippi Health Advocacy Program
December 22, 2006

News clips from the above political campaigns

 

Alexis Zorbas, Strategy Unit
Ministry of Health & Social Solidarity
Athens, Greece

May 12, 2009


Original letter

"At our conference launching the national campaign for our law prohibiting smoking in public places, Mr. Reynolds gave a well-informed, polished and persuasive speech and assisted us in promoting the Greek State’s agenda on tobacco, through strong and very positive national media coverage of his visit. Moreover, his talk to youth at one of our local schools was a tremendous success.

Thus, I hereby would like to highly recommend Mr. Reynolds as a speaker targeting all ranges and ages of society, as well as a core representative to the Press regarding the negative effects of smoking and secondhand smoke.

Mr. Reynolds has been a most valuable addition towards our public health efforts in Greece, and has made a noticeable difference to our national efforts against smoking."




Dr. C. Everett Koop
US Surgeon General, 1981 - 1989
December 18, 2003


Original letter

"I support The Foundation for a Smokefree America, and the valuable and important work Patrick Reynolds is doing to further the goal of a tobaccofree society. Patrick Reynolds is one of the nation's most influential advocates of a smokefree America; his testimony is invaluable to our society. Since launching his campaign in 1986, he has continued to make an important contribution to the tobacco control public health effort.

"Because of his past dedication and commitment, I am confident that under Mr. Reynolds' stewardship, The Foundation for a Smokefree America will achieve the goals it sets out to accomplish...

"There is no more worthy public health effort than the Foundation's in seeking to prevent youth smoking, and to provide school-based programs to educate children, create a stronger network of school programs, and to help coordinate school programs with local health agencies.

"The Foundation for a Smokefree America, and its programs are vital in the effort to create a tobaccofree society."

 

In 1986, Dr. Koop issued the landmark Surgeon General's Report on Involuntary Smoking, which helped provide the scientific evidence to support new laws banning smoking in public places. In 1988, published The Surgeon General's Report on Nicotine Addiction, a seminal report establishing new scientific evidence that nicotine was addictive.




David A. Kessler, M.D.
Former Commissioner of the FDA
Present Dean of the School of Medicine,
University of California at San Francisco
December 5, 2003


Original letter

Patrick Reynolds continues to make an important contribution in the field of tobacco prevention and control. He has spoken to hundreds of schools and community groups, and works tirelessly to promote tobacco-free causes. I believe that over the years, he has made a difference in the progress of the anti-smoking movement, and I have every reason to believe that under his leadership, the Foundation for a Smokefree America will achieve the goals it sets out to accomplish.

I support the Foundation for a Smokefree America's effort to provide school-based programs to educate children through smoking prevention activities and educational materials, create a stronger network of school programs, and coordinate with local health agencies. These programs represent important, necessary steps to creating a tobacco-free America.

 

Dr Kessler was the commissionerof the Food and Drug Administration under President Bush Sr. and Clinton. During his time in office, he fought vigorously for the Federal regulation of tobacco. Dr. Kessler is the present Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of California at San Francisco.





Stephen M. Shortell, PhD, MPH
Dean of the School of Public Health
University of California at Berkeley
December 2, 2003

Original letter

I am familiar with the work Patrick Reynolds has done over the years and the important contribution he has made to the movement fighting tobacco use. I admire his dedication to the tobaccofree cause and believe Mr. Reynolds has made a difference in the progress the anti-smoking movement has made in recent years.

As the Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, I strongly support The Foundation for a Smokefree America and the work it is doing to further the goal of a smokefree society. Because of the leadership and commitment of Patrick Reynolds, I have every confidence that the organization has the capacity to competently fulfill the grants this worthy organization applies for.

I fully support the Foundation for a Smokefree America's efforts to:

  • Provide school-based programs to educate children through smoking prevention activities and educational materials.
  • Create a stronger network of school programs, coordinated with local health agencies
  • Enhance the Foundation websites, www.anti-smoking.org and www.notobacco.org.
  • Enact peer-teaching programs to empower youth to resist peer pressure and advertising, including the building of a new awareness among youth that countertop tobacco displays are paid advertising, often next to the candy or chewing gum.
  • Implement programs to encourage physicians to take a proactive role with their smoking patients, to intervene and ask them to quit.
  • Establish Hollywood for Youth, a group that will raise awareness of the bad examples stars set when they smoke in films.
  • Establish an anti-smoking campaign for Universities and Colleges, which will include posters, tobacco free days, and educational speakers on campus.
  • Design educational materials for legislators regarding current tobacco laws and cigarette taxes in their State, vs. other States.

I also fully support the Foundation for a Smokefree America’s efforts to raise funds, in order to enhance and expand its tobacco control programs.

 

Dr. Shortell is a Blue Cross of California Distinguished Professor of Health Policy & Management, and Dean of the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley. He has written numerous articles which have been published in medical and scientific journals.



 

Dean Ornish, M.D.
President, Preventive Medicine Research Institute
December 5, 2003


Original letter

I admire Patrick Reynolds' continuing dedication to the tobaccofree cause. Mr. Reynolds has made a real difference since he first spoke out publicly before Congress in 1986.

As founder and president of the non-profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute, I strongly support The Foundation for a Smokefree America. Patrick Reynolds continues to make an important contribution to the field of tobacco prevention and control. Over the years, his work has helped make a difference in the progress the progress of the anti-smoking movement.

Because of his past dedication, I believe that under Mr. Reynolds' stewardship, The Foundation for a Smokefree America will achieve the goals it sets out to accomplish.

I support the Foundation for a Smokefree America's effort to providee3 school-based programs to educate children through smoking prevention activities and educational materials, to create a stronger network of school programs, and to help coordinate them with local health agencies.

 

Dr. Ornish is the author of five best-selling books, including New York Times bestsellers Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease, Eat More, Weigh Less, and Love & Survival. His research and writings have been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, The New England Journal of Medicine, the American Journal of Cardiology and elsewhere. Since 1980, Dr. Ornish has directed clinical research demonstrating for the first time that comprehensive lifestyle changes may begin to reverse even severe coronary heart disease, without drugs or surgery.



Mikelle Robinson, M.A.
Manager, Michigan Tobacco Control Program
December 3, 2003


Original letter

Mr. Reynolds has worked tirelessly in the tobacco prevention field since 1986.

As Manager of the Michigan Tobacco Control Program, I strongly support the Foundation for a Smokefree America, and the important work of the Foundation to create a smoke-free society.

Mr. Reynolds has shown his commitment to tobacco control by speaking out against the marketing of death by the tobacco companies and encouraging children to remain tobacco free.

I seriously hope you will consider his application for funding. Please don't hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance in this matter.



Additional statements of support


Feedback on live speaking engagements

Chris Quint, Director of Public Policy,
Colorado Tobacco Education and Prevention Alliance

Jill Presley Cox, Coalition for a Tobaccofree Arkansas

Jessica Brookshire, MSA, CHES, University of Notre Dame

Dr. Jose Calvo, Professor and Head of Health Education,
University of Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain

Roy Mitchell, Mississippi Health Advocacy Program

Danita Carlson, Tobaccofree Coalition of Wood County