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CTP’s inaugural director of the Office of Policy

Tuesday, January 11, 2011  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
The Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the selection of Eric Lindblom as CTP’s inaugural director of the Office of Policy. Eric will be responsible for developing and coordinating CTP public health policies and strategies necessary to implement the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act). This will include the continuous evaluation of CTP’s tobacco product regulation policies in order to assure that the law’s public health goals are driving programmatic initiatives across science, regulations, compliance, public education, and management programs within CTP. Eric’s career and reputation as a visionary tobacco control policy expert and advocate uniquely qualify him to lead these efforts.

Eric’s experience and in-depth knowledge of tobacco control and the Tobacco Control Act itself are truly extraordinary. For the last 12 years, Eric has served in senior leadership roles at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CFTFK). Since 2005, Eric has been CFTFK’s Director of Policy Research and also its General Counsel since 2006. In his tobacco control endeavors, Eric has worked closely not only with members of the public health community, but also with Federal, state and local legislators, other government officials and staff, the media, researchers, and representatives of the tobacco industry and many other businesses and organizations concerned with or affected by tobacco control policies and initiatives. He also serves as the public health representative on the USDA Federal trade advisory committee relating to tobacco, cotton, and peanuts. Eric is the co-author of Illegal Pathways to Illegal Profits: The Big Cigarette Companies and International Smuggling and the primary author of hundreds of CFTFK reports, white papers, and fact sheets.

Eric will join CTP on January 31, 2011.

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