About FDA

Mitch Zeller, J.D., Director, Center for Tobacco Products

As director of the Center for Tobacco Products, Mitch leads FDA’s efforts to reduce the disease and death from tobacco use and bring previously unavailable information about its dangers to light.  Director Zeller is dedicated to carrying out CTP's charge to reduce the harm from all tobacco products across the entire population – with a focus on how and why people start, stop, or start again after stopping.

Mitch Zeller, J.D.

Director, Center for Tobacco Products

More than 40% of  youth smokers and 30% of all adult smokers report smoking menthol cigarettes in the United States.

Mitch Zeller, J.D., became director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products in March 2013. The mission of CTP--established by enactment of the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act -- is

“to make tobacco-related death and disease part of America’s past, not  America’s  future, and, by doing so, ensure a healthier life for every American family.”

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Learn more about Director Zeller’s dedication to tobacco control by browsing the below resources.

Congressional Testimony

Read "Progress and Challenges: The State of Tobacco Use and Regulation in the U.S.,” Mitch Zeller’s testimony before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.


Learn about CTP’s key strategic priorities.

FDA Voice blog icon FDA Voice Blog Posts

Stay informed about the latest developments at FDA.

Read FDA Voice Blog posts authored by CTP Director Mitch Zeller:

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