Washington, D.C., March 5, 2019 – American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following statement today in response to the announcement that FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has stepped down:

“Commissioner Gottlieb departs the FDA having established himself as a tireless champion of tobacco control. He elevated the war on tobacco use – and particularly the epidemic of electronic cigarette use among youth – to unprecedented levels. Because of his efforts, millions more people nationwide are aware of the grave threats posed by e-cigarettes and other tobacco products that are addicting a new generation of youth. We urge the FDA in the strongest possible terms to move forward with effective regulation of an industry that continues to prioritize profits over the lives of consumers.

“With Commissioner Gottlieb’s departure, the work he began in tobacco control and other important areas must continue. His efforts to accelerate generic approvals and competition, and to educate consumers about the link between nutrition and chronic, preventable disease must move forward. The FDA has a critical role to play in empowering consumers with nutrition information and encouraging the food industry to make healthier food options available.”


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