News & AnalysisNewsmaker Interview: Richard Carmona

A Former Surgeon General Lends His Support to E-Cigarettes

Science  07 Feb 2014:
Vol. 343, Issue 6171, pp. 589
DOI: 10.1126/science.343.6171.589

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As a top U.S. public health official during the George W. Bush presidency, Richard Carmona campaigned against tobacco use and lobbied for banning cigarette smoking in bars and restaurants. Last year, Carmona says, he was offered a position on the board of the e-cigarette company NJOY, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, and accepted only after studying the health issues with "due diligence." He became convinced that e-cigarettes—which release a nicotine vapor but no tobacco-derived toxins—offer a viable way to reduce the harm of smoking.