Consumer Choice Center senior fellow Jeff Stier said virtually the same thing to a Washington Post reporter late last year.

“The administration promised less regulation — without sacrificing protections,” said Stier, in response to Gottlieb’s release of the 2018 tobacco blueprint. “So if the FDA fails to meet both objectives — by announcing a heavy-handed regulatory plan — President Trump should realize that the current leadership at the FDA is not equipped to implement the administration’s policy agenda,” he added, alluding to the FDA’s push to heavily regulate the vaping industry as means to protect the public interest from the ostensible youth vaping epidemic.

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