Surgeon General fired by Trump; was vaping report the cause?

U.S. Surgeon General was asked to resign by Trump’s DHHS secretary

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The Trump administration has fired U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, possibly because of the report his office issued last December on “e-cigarettes and youth.” However, this SG also upset Second Amendment proponents by frequently calling gun deaths a public health crisis. President Trump has had strong support from gun rights activists, including the National Rifle Association.

Vapers were maddened by the report on e-cigs which solely focused on the potential harms to adolescents and young people, and entirely ignored the benefits to adult smokers. A campaign to remove Murthy, organized by Americans for Tax Reform, followed the election of Donald Trump.

Despite the public blaming of Murthy, most vaping insiders believe the report was actually coordinated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), then run by committed anti-vaping ideologue Tom Frieden. Frieden opposed electronic cigarettes with the zeal of a true (non-) believer since his early days at the agency.

“Today, Dr. Murthy, the leader of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, was asked to resign from his duties as Surgeon General after assisting in a smooth transition into the new Trump Administration,” the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) said in a statement quoted by USA Today.

“Dr. Murthy has been relieved of his duties as Surgeon General and will continue to serve as a member of the Commissioned Corps,” said the statement. “[DHHS] Secretary Price thanks him for his dedicated service to the nation. Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams, who is the current Deputy Surgeon General, will serve as the acting Surgeon General and assume leadership of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.”

The Surgeon General runs the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, but is otherwise a largely ornamental position — unless the SG does something to distinguish himself, as some have. Most famously, SG Luther Terry issued the landmark 1964 report on smoking that began the anti-smoking and tobacco control movement.

Murthy was only 39 years old. He was a graduate of the Yale School of Medicine, and is a vice admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. The new acting SG has a masters degree in nursing, and also a PhD in philosophy from the University of Maryland. She has been an officer in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps since 1992.

Jim McDonald

I spend most of my time studying the regulatory, legislative and scientific challenges to vaping, advocating for our right to exist, and talking with others who do the same. Consider me a source for information, and feel free to agree or disagree with anything I say. I love good coffee and sweet Michigan cherries. My childhood hero was Gordie Howe.

  • Jen Castle

    I feel very uncomfortable about Trump as pro vaping. Because i’m obviously pro vaping. But Trump is the worst…such a dangerous and stupid man to be in power… there…i’ve said it. hate me..

    • Jim McDonald

      Well, lots of vapers agree with that. We’ll never be safe until vaping is something more than a political football to be kicked by the left and right.

    • TheRealPatriot

      That is no reason to hate you but ask yourself the reasoning behind your opinion and how it was formed. Many people dislike Trump just because he is outspoken and does not take any crap off anyone. That is why the media hates him because they can not control him therefore they will try anything and everything to ruin him. Trump is the only president in my lifetime that is actually doing what he said he would do. Sure he has not been able to do everything yet but he is at least trying to help the American people and loves his country ! If it makes sense to vape instead of smoke and helps people to be healthier by quitting smoking Trump will be for it. He is a logical and rational man.

      • Jen Castle

        One Issue: He’s a climate change denier. Anti Science.. this has serious consequences ..

        • TheRealPatriot

          Very funny how even people like you are calling it climate change now instead of global warming. Did you not notice when science and the weather threw a wrench in their game that they changed the narrative. Of course there is climate change because the Earths climate has always been changing and always will be. For any man or men to be arrogant and foolish enough to think they can control it is a joke. There is a difference between being kind to the Environment of the Earth by sensible pollution control and using the narrative as another ruse to rip off the American people and business owners.

    • jody

      Who cares if your on the same side of vaping with YOUR President? Really???

    • Rick

      He’s not dangerous… He’s very smart and takes no shit… Would you prefer Hilary? A lying, murdering, corrupt politician???

      • john

        yes , yes i would

        • Rick

          Really??? You are a special kind of stupid then… She has allowed the deaths and had Americans killed for her benefit. She would have been WORSE than obama.