The commissioner of the FDA, Scott Gottlieb, announced Tuesday that he is resigning the position he has held or two years effective in one month.
He has not yet given a reason for his departure but in a statement via Twitter he said, “I’m immensely grateful for the opportunity to help lead this wonderful agency, for the support of my colleagues, for the public health goals we advanced together, and the strong support of @SecAzar and @realDonaldTrump – This has been a wonderful journey and parting is very hard.“
As for how this will affect the cigar industry remains to be seen as a replacement has yet to be named. However, as recent as a week ago Dr. Gottlieb stated the FDA was still evaluating the looming regulations.
The statement offered some hope and The Cigar Authority will follow this story as it develops.