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Ex-surgeon general joins e-cig board

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By MICHAEL FELBERBAUM
AP Tobacco Writer

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The former surgeon general who stressed the dangers of secondhand smoke and supported banning tobacco products is joining the board of directors for the nation's leading electronic cigarette company.

Arizona-based NJOY Inc. says Dr. Richard Carmona will advise it on public health and regulatory issues, and spearhead its research into electronic cigarettes.

The battery-powered devices heat a liquid nicotine solution and create vapor that users inhale. The company's NJOY KING is the nation's best-selling e-cigarette.

Carmona was the country's senior public health official under President George W. Bush from 2002 to 2006.

The 63-year-old is president of the health and wellness nonprofit Canyon Ranch Institute and a public health professor at the University of Arizona.

The move could bring increased legitimacy to e-cigarettes as a viable alternative to traditional cigarettes.

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