Program Director, Tobacco Control and Food and Drug Law
Eric N. Lindblom, JD, is the Director for Tobacco Control and Food and Drug Law at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. Mr. Lindblom works on both domestic and international tobacco control matters and also brings his legal, economic, and policy expertise to bear on projects relating to the public health regulation of other products, such as foods, legalized cannabis, alcohol, soda and other beverages, and medical drugs.
Among other projects, Mr. Lindblom works with tobacco control and other regulatory and public health researchers to help make their research more policy relevant and influential by providing the legal and policy contexts for their research and in related proposals, project designs, and publications. To accelerate the development of new legal and policy analyses to inform the public health regulation of tobacco products, foods, and drugs, Mr. Lindblom also works to convene diverse groups of relevant experts at the O’Neill Institute and Georgetown law school to consider key tobacco control and other regulatory public health questions and strategies, and to develop reports and other publications presenting the related consensus analyses, answers, and recommendations. Similarly, Mr. Lindblom works to develop presentations by expert speakers and panels at the law school and other appropriate Georgetown University forums on key tobacco control and other regulatory public health legal and policy issues-both as stand-alone presentations or as part of broader conferences sponsored by the O’Neill Institute and partners from both inside and outside the University.
Mr. Lindblom was a Senior Scholar at the O’Neill Institute from the fall of 2014 to the summer of 2016 through a special detail from the FDA Center for Tobacco Products, and worked on a range of projects relating to the authorities and activities of the FDA Center for Tobacco Products and the regulatory process, including collaborative efforts with experts and researchers from Georgetown Law School and the University, other academic institutions, and the tobacco control and public health communities, both domestic and worldwide.
Before coming to the O’Neill Institute on that detail, Mr. Lindblom was a Senior Advisor to the Director of the Center for Tobacco Products and the Director of the Center’s Office of Policy, where he began serving in January 2011. Mr. Lindblom worked on the full range of FDA tobacco control activities, with a special focus on legal, policy and economic analyses of existing and proposed CTP initiatives. Under his leadership, the CTP Office of Policy also did extensive liaison work with both the tobacco industry and with U.S. and international tobacco control and public health researchers, other experts, government agencies and non-governmental organizations.
Prior to joining CTP, Mr. Lindblom served as the Director for Policy Research and General Counsel for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, where he worked since 1998. While with TFK, Mr. Lindblom focused on legal and economic tobacco control issues, and also served as the only public health representative on the USDA Federal trade advisory committee for tobacco and other commodities. Mr. Lindblom was the author of major TFK reports on the multinational cigarette companies’ involvement in the global illicit tobacco products trade and on the major U.S. cigarette companies betrayal of U.S. tobacco farmers, and also wrote or helped draft numerous other TFK reports, legal briefs, white papers, and fact sheets.
Before beginning his work on tobacco control matters, Mr. Lindblom was a public policy analyst and writer for more than ten years, with positions in the federal government, on political campaigns, and with nonprofit organizations. He also worked as a lawyer, both in a private firm and for a nonprofit advocacy organization, was a state-level lobbyist, and served as a legislative assistant to a member of Congress. While working for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs from 1990 to 1994, Mr. Lindblom was the author of two interagency reports on homelessness in the United States and the federal government’s efforts to address the problem. Mr. Lindblom has a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University.