President Trump will nominate Scott Gottlieb to be the next commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The appointment requires approval by the Senate, after confirmation hearings are held.
The FDA commissioner oversees more than a dozen sub-agencies, including the Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), which last year imposed regulations that deemed e-cigarettes and some other nicotine-containing products to be under their control.
It would be within the control of the new commissioner to fire CTP director Mitch Zeller, and to replace his staff. He could also decide to take a new direction in regulating vaping, or to not regulate it at all.
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