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Mitchell Zeller, BA, JD

Director, Center for Tobacco Products, Food and Drug Administration

Mitch Zeller, J.D., became director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) in March 2013. The mission of CTP—established by enactment of the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act—is “to make tobacco-related death and disease part of America’s past, not America’s future, and, by doing so, ensure a healthier life for every American family.”

Mr. Zeller, has been working on FDA issues for more than 30 years. He began his career as a public interest attorney in 1982 at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). In 1988, Mr. Zeller left CSPI to become counsel to the Human Resources and Intergovernmental Relations Subcommittee of the House of Representatives Government Operations Committee where he conducted oversight of enforcement of federal health and safety laws.

  • Why is your approach/story unique: Using the tools of product regulation to confront the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the country and the world
  • What’s the most important thing attendees should learn from your presentation: Product regulation can make its own unique contribution to comprehensive tobacco control efforts to reduce the societal harm caused by tobacco products
  • What have you said in the past that’s resonated with people: Imagine a world where the only cigarette a kid could experiment with was no longer capable or creating or sustaining addiction.
  • Links: Twitter:@FDATOBACCO

Sessions This Year

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Town Hall

10:00 am - 10:15 am
Phillips Hall