Former American Lung Association Head Joins E-Cigarette Association

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Former American Lung Association (ALA) President and CEO Charles D. Connor joined the Electronic Cigarette Industry Group Inc. (ECIG) as a consultant.

In his new role, Connor will serve as a strategic partner to ECIG, acting as the primary liaison between the public health community and the association.

ECIG is a nonprofit association of consumers, manufacturers, importers and distributors of electronic cigarettes. The association advocates for reasonable regulation of electronic cigarettes and supports strengthening laws to keep electronic cigarettes out of the hands of children.

"We are thrilled to have someone with Chuck's extensive experience and public affairs expertise serve as an advisor and advocate on behalf of the e-cigarette movement," said Eric Criss, president of ECIG. "The electronic cigarette market has grown exponentially in recent years, and what was once a niche product has transformed into an innovative alternative to traditional tobacco products. As we continue to advance the discussion around the industry with regulators, health officials and among consumers, Charles will be an invaluable asset to the organization."

Connor most recently served as president and CEO of the ALA. He previously held the position of executive vice president and chief operating officer, overseeing all corporate functions for the association.

Before joining the ALA, he held senior communications positions with the American Red Cross, The Dilenschneider Group and the federal judiciary. Prior to joining the federal judiciary, Connor served for 25 years as a United States Navy public affairs officer, leaving the service with the rank of captain. During his service, he held various roles including serving as the personal communications advisor to the Secretary of the Navy, and holding the position of COO for the Navy's global communications program.

"As a longtime advocate of lung disease prevention and improving lung health, I am excited to join ECIG to help advance education and awareness of the e-cigarette industry," Connor said. "Electronic cigarettes provide the only true alternative to traditional tobacco products, offering adult smokers a similar experience without the same consequences."

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