Sept 15 Tobacco giant Reynolds American Inc
said it appointed John Boehner, a former House Speaker
and a known smoker of the company's Camel cigarettes, to its
Boehner retired from Congress last year after serving for
four years as speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. He
was known to be a heavy smoker during his time on Capitol Hill.
When Boehner left last year, incoming speaker Paul Ryan said
he had to "detoxify the environment" in his predecessor's old
office. Ryan famously quipped that the office smelled like a
hotel room or rental car that had been smoked in. (reut.rs/2cY9zjb)
Boehner's appointment comes at a time when the tobacco
industry is fighting a growing tide of regulation and taxes over
its products, including those seen less harmful such as
Earlier this year, the U.S. government took wide-ranging
steps to crack down on e-cigarettes and cigars, which are
growing in popularity among teens, and banned sales to anyone
under age 18.
Reynolds American, which also makes Newport menthol
cigarettes, said Boehner will join the board as a Class 2
director, and serve on the board's corporate governance,
nominating and sustainability committee, effective immediately.
(Reporting by Siddharth Cavale in Bengaluru; Editing by