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Top F.D.A. Tobacco Scientist Makes The Move To Phillip Morris


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Why is this important?

Before we get into that, let’s get into Matt Holman. Holman is the chief tobacco scientist at the Food and Drug Administration—no small position.

That’s not all though, he’s also one of the main F.D.A. officials who has led the charge to sign as many marketing denial orders (MDOs) as possible against electronic vape manufacturers.

His crusade spared none but Phillip Morris Industries from a marketing ban on their electronic nicotine products.

This same Holman is now stepping down from his position at the F.D.A. for a job at Phillip Morris Industries…

Let that sink in for a second. Regulatory capture and cross-play are very real things, in fact, they seem to be the main event in this country.

How can we trust the F.D.A., or any other public institutions, for that matter, if this is the state of affairs among the agency and its employees?

Here’s more on the story:

According to The New York Times:

Mr. King lauded Dr. Holman’s 20 years of work at the F.D.A., where he has in recent years been “preparing for and overseeing review” of marketing applications for e-cigarettes and other nicotine-delivery products.

Dr. Holman said in an interview on Wednesday that his exact role at Philip Morris had so far been broadly defined but added that he would work on tobacco harm-reduction efforts and provide some input on regulatory submissions to the agency.

 

CSP Daily News previously reported:

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday issued warnings to 20 companies continuing to market electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products that are the subject of marketing denial orders (MDOs).



 

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