It’s a match made in heaven, or maybe made in a designated smoking area.
Former House speaker and unrepentant smoker John Boehner has joined the board of tobacco giant Reynolds American Inc. The former GOP congressman from Ohio is widely known for his cigarette habit — he generally smokes Camel Ultra Lights, which are made by Reynolds — as well as his close ties to the tobacco industry.
He once handed out campaign checks from tobacco interests on the House floor, a move he later said he regretted.
There is a twist to Boehner’s new corporate gig. He will apparently be helping the company stop kids from smoking, or so says his spokesman.
“RAI is striving to transform the tobacco industry through innovative strategies that include speeding the decline in tobacco use among young people and reducing the harm caused by smoking,” said Boehner’s spokesman, Dave Schnittger. “These are objectives Speaker Boehner supports and looks forward to helping RAI advance through his service on the board."
Schnittger declined to say how much Boehner would be paid — or whether the ex-speaker will get free smokes as part of the deal.
Boehner retired from Congress last October.
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