Adventist Medical Center brings Tobacco Insider to Educate Youth

March 1, 2012
Portland,Oregon

Everyday, another 1,500 kids become daily smokers, and one-third of them will die prematurely as a result of getting hooked. Oregon has the highest rate of tobacco sales to minors in the nation. Approximately 80-90 percent of smokers start smoking before the age of 18. That’s why Adventist Medical Center's Foundation is helping educate children about the hazards of smoking by bringing in a family member of the tobacco industry.

WHO: Patrick Reynolds, a grandson of tobacco company founder RJ Reynolds spoke out publicly against the cigarette industry in Congress after his own father died from smoking. Reynolds has become an outspoken opponent of big tobacco and will share his knowledge of the family business with youth in Portland. Reynolds is now executive director of the Foundation for a Smokefree America.

WHAT: Mr. Reynolds will speak to students of David Douglas High School on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. He will tell his personal story of crossing over to fight for the other side, and then provide an update on where Oregon stands in the battle against smoking. Reynolds will share the story of his father’s death from smoking by using the very products that RJ Reynolds made popular. He’ll even reveal how the tobacco industry has targeted youth.

“We’re bringing Patrick to Portland because we want middle school and high school age youth to understand the importance of making smart health choices now,” states John Korb, executive director of the Adventist Medical Center Foundation.

WHERE and WHEN:
Tuesday, March 6
9:45 a.m.
David Douglas High School
Howard Horner Performing Arts Center
1400 SE 130th Ave. (between Stark and Division)
Portland, OR 97223

About Adventist Medical Center (AMC)

Adventist Medical Center (AMC), located in southeast Portland, is a nonprofit, 302-bed acute care facility, offering a full range of inpatient, outpatient and emergency services throughout the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area.

Adventist Medical Center is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system with nearly 20,000 employees serving communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist health values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 17 hospitals, more than 130 physician and rural health clinics, 14 home care agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. We invite you to visit http://www.adventisthealthnw.com for more information.

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