What is the real reason he is leaving?
In April, Gottlieb told CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta that opioids are the biggest crisis facing the FDA. He also said tobacco and e-cigarette use among youths must be curtailed. Since then, he has been on a mission to curb teen vaping, which is now deemed an epidemic.
He has been aggressive on the issue of e-cigarette use, targeting convenience stores that sell vaping products, aiming to limit the access and appeal these products have for children.
'It's my belief that we've been successful in this country at stigmatizing tobacco products among kids,' Gottlieb said in April. 'We haven't been effective stigmatizing e-cigarette use.'