Health First Network to Send Strong Anti-smoking Message

April 7, 2007

For a state that's known by all as the Sunshine State, there's certainly a black cloud hanging overhead - SMOKE! Health First Network is hoping to help remove this cloud by bringing Patrick Reynolds, grandson of the founder of RJ Reynolds and nationally recognized anti-smoking speaker, to town to address 10,000 students and 5,000 sailors regarding the inherent risks of using tobacco.

Reynolds' visit, scheduled for March 27, 28, and 29, comes on the heels of Florida's voters approving a constitutional amendment to restore funding to Florida's tobacco prevention program. This passage and events such as the Reynold's event are critical if Florida hopes to improve its "State of Tobacco Control Report Card," put out by the American Lung Association.

Florida's 2006 grades were as follows:
  • Smokefree Air: B
  • Youth Access: D
  • Tobacco Prevention & Control
  • Spending: F
  • Cigarette Tax: F
    Health First Network is pleased to join the fight against smoking, especially when it comes to kids. Watch for a follow up story about Reynold's visit in the next issue of Connect.


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  • Vista Healthplan
  • idgroup
  • Compass Bank
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  • Stackhouse Attorneys at Law
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  • The Womens Group
  • Pensacola Pediatrics
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  • Combined Insurance Services, Inc.


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