Read Mitch Zeller’s Reflections on His Experiences as CTP Director

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Mitch Zeller's Reflections on His Experiences as CTP Director

Mitch Zeller’s FDA career first began in the 90’s. Then, three decades into his public health career, Zeller joined the Center for Tobacco Products as Center Director in March 2013. During an impressive nine-year tenure, he led FDA’s efforts to reduce disease and death from tobacco use and brought previously unavailable information about its dangers to light.

In preparation for his retirement from public service in April 2022, Zeller reflected on the time he spent helping to make tobacco-related disease and death part of America’s past, not America’s future, and, by doing so, ensuring a healthier life for every American family.

Mitch Zeller

What’s it been like working for the Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) these past nine years?

I can only describe these past just over nine years as the Director of the CTP as a labor of love. It’s been hard but it’s also been incredibly rewarding professionally. I’ve had the opportunity to work with the best, hardest working people in the world and we’ve gotten a lot done, so my time here has been a joy. I’m going to miss the people, as well as the issues.

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