In a recent article published by the Washington Post it was revealed that Mitch Zeller, director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products, plans to retire in April 2022. Zeller has served in his current position since 2013. Janet Woodcock, acting FDA commissioner, referred to Zeller’s work as being both “invaluable and instrumental” in advancing “numerous historic public health milestones in tobacco regulation.”
Zeller first worked within the FDA back in 1993 under then-commissioner David Kessler. In time, Zeller became an associated commissioner at the FDA and later the director of the FDA’s Office of Tobacco Programs. Zeller was later appointed to serve as director of the Center of Tobacco Products in 2013, becoming the second CTP director since the office first launched in 2009.