Five Minute Plan
to bring Patrick Reynolds in to speak
to call locally
Make one phone call and plant the seed with a
likely local sponsor.
You might wish to print
for making a difference in your community!
the best funding source for both Patrick Reynolds' youth talk
and his university program is a local hospital. Call one and
ask for the Marketing Director. If they are not available, ask for the person under them, the Community Relations Director. But the Marketing
perhaps the best person to suggest the idea to. Use the talking points below.
executives often sponsor Mr. Reynolds' talks as a bridge-builder
to their local
will invite local press, and understand they will benefit from
the goodwill generated. Sometimes two or three hospitals join
together and tour
him for several
The hospital staff member you call may be concerned about
the added workload of contacting schools in the area. The tobacco control coordinator in
the local health
offer support. They often help select
local schools, and even enlist other hospitals to co-sponsor,
when the hospital is open to that.
second funding possibility is your local tobaccofree coalition.
Your local branch office of the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association or American Heart
Association can give you their
phone number. All three branches usually belong to the local tobaccofree coalition. Tobaccofree coalitions are frequent contributors to
Mr. Reynolds' talks.
the tobacco control officer in your local public
Suggest that they enlist a local hospital,
and assist the hospital by helping to book Mr. Reynolds into local schools. Health Departments in states
with strong tobacco prevention funding set aside by the State Legislature
will often co-sponsor Mr. Reynolds' talk at middle
and high schools. To see whether your State has strong tobacco prevention funding, click
here and click on your state.
- Colleges Call a local college, and ask for the Student Activities Director.
They often have funds available for guest lecturers, or can at
least provide an auditorium. Ask for the e-mail of the student lecture
chairperson, who makes the final decision about booking guest
here for info on Mr. Reynolds' college talk.
by Mickey Krakowski
well known tobacco prevention speaker has delivered his powerful
motivational talk to thousands of children and teens. These
are the critical years: after age 19, almost no one takes
up the smoking habit.
Let your enthusiasm
show — it's catching!
you have an excellent speaker you'd like to bring in
to the community to speak in middle and high schools. Let them know he can also give a community talk at a local college or hospital.
them it's Patrick Reynolds, the well known smoke free advocate and grandson of the tobacco
company founder, R.J. Reynolds. Patrick turned his back on
the family's company after losing his father
to smoking, and became a nationally known champion of teen tobacco prevention.
that his talk receives strong and positive local media
coverage, which will build community goodwill for the sponsor, and bring
the message to the wider community.
If desired, two
or three hospitals may join together to tour Mr. Reynolds
for several days.
staff in the local county health department may offer
support by booking local schools, and
enlisting other hospitals to co-sponsor, if desired.
them our phone number, 800-541-7741, and the web page, www.tobaccofree.org/infopack.
Suggest they may wish to print out the information there.
Cost For two middle or high school assemblies, the fee is
$3,000, plus travel expenses from Los Angeles. Additional
talks are $1500 each. For a college / community lecture,
the cost is $3,950 for one 90 minute program, about half
of which is Q&A and audience participation. These rates are for schools or
non-profits only. Pending availability, Mr. Reynolds
can go on tour for several days. Click here for additional cost
if they would like you to e-mail them about
your idea. If so, send them this
link, or just leave it on their answering machine: www.tobaccofree.org/infopack/
Leave our phone number, (800) 541-7741.
you need a cover letter to e-mail, copy the top of our www.tobaccofree.org/infopack9.html page; it has a good cover letter to paste into your
e-mail. Add a note at the top, asking them to circulate
your message to appropriate staff.
We acknowledge your caring, and are grateful
for your phone call. By educating our youth early about smoking,
we can make a real difference in their lives. We're all fighting
on the same team, for the same goal. Mr. Reynolds' closing promise
and vision in all his talks is that we will have a smokefree
society in the 21st century. Thank you for helping to make that
dream come true.