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Eric N. Lindblom

Eric N. Lindblom

Senior Scholar



Eric N. Lindblom, JD, is a Senior Scholar at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, serving through a special detail from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products. Mr. Lindblom is working 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 in September 2014, 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, andserved as alegislative 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.

Publications as an O'Neill Institute Senior Scholar:

Lindblom, Eric N., Micah Berman & James Thrasher, "The Legal Framework for Using Tobacco Product Inserts and Onserts to Help Consumers Make More Informed Choices and to Reduce Tobacco Use Harms," O'Neill Institute Working Paper No. 2, July 6, 2016.

Yong, H, R Borland, KM Cummings, EN Lindblom, and et al. "US smokers' beliefs, experiences and perceptions of different cigarette variants before and after the FSPTCA ban on misleading descriptors such as 'light,' 'mild,' or 'low.'" Nicotine & Tobacco Research (2016).

Levy, David T.; Lindblom, Eric N.; Fleischer, Nancy L; Thrasher, James; Mohlman, Mary Kate; Zhang, Yian; Monshouwer, Karin; Nagelhout, Gera E., "Public Health Effects of Restricting Retail Tobacco Product Displays and Ads," Tobacco Regulatory Science 1(1): 61-75 (April 2015).

Lindblom, Eric N., "Effectively Regulating E-Cigarettes and Their Advertising- and the First Amendment" Food and Drug Law Journal 70(1) 57-94, March, 2015

Lindblom, Eric N., "Filling in the Blanks on Reducing Tobacco Product Addictiveness in the FCTC Partial Guidelines for Articles 9 & 10" O'Neill Institute Working Paper No. 1, November 17, 2014