The Electronic Cigarette Industry Group Inc. (ECIG), a non-profit association of consumers, manufacturers, importers and distributors of electronic cigarettes, announced that Charles (Chuck) Connor, former American Lung Association CEO and president, has joined the organization 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.
“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 American Lung Association (ALA), where he led the nation’s oldest voluntary health organization in advocating for improved lung health and the prevention of lung disease. 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 U.S. 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 chief operating officer for the Navy’s global communications program where he was responsible for the planning and coordination of Navy public affairs efforts around the world.
“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,” said Connor. “Electronic cigarettes provide the only true alternative to traditional tobacco products, offering adult smokers a similar experience without the same consequences.”