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Grandson of tobacco giant pushes kids away from smoking

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The grandson of a tobacco industry giant is now pushing kids and teens to stay smoke-free.

Patrick Reynolds, whose grandfather founded R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, spoke to kids at David Douglas High School in Portland on Tuesday.

Patrick Reynolds spoke about the dangers of nicotine use and says he decided to advocate the anti-smoking approach for some very personal reasons.

"The only memories I have of my father are of the man dying from smoking," Patrick Reynolds said. "I chose to turn my back on my heritage and to do everything I can to stop kids from starting."

Patrick Reynolds also spoke to students about where the state of Oregon stands in the battle against smoking.

He says while he agrees with the legislature's recent move to make it harder for kids to get cigarettes, he still wants state lawmakers to raise the tobacco tax.

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