On Wednesday morning, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, announced her official resignation. The resignation was accepted by Alex Azar, the new secretary of Health and Human Services.
Only a day prior to her resignation, Politico released a report regarding Fitzgerald's controversial practices. They revealed that Fitzgerald had purchased tobacco stock after she had accepted her position as the CDC director.
CNN noted that purchasing stock for tobacco is clearly at odds with the mission of someone leading initiatives for the nation's public health. They also noted that to this day, smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death in the United States.
The report revealed that Fitzgerald had purchased the stock only one month into her tenure at the CDC. It said that the government official had purchased "tens of thousands of dollars in new stock holdings in at least a dozen companies."
When the report was released, many people called her out for literally betting against her own mission statement that she was promoting which says "24/7: Saving Lives, Protecting People."
They noted that in November, Fitzgerald spoke out against tobacco use in the U.S.
She said, "Too many Americans are harmed by cigarette smoking, which is the nation's leading preventable cause of death and disease." She then said that she would "continue to use proven strategies to help smokers quit and to prevent children from using any tobacco products."
However, her actions did not reflect her hopes that she expressed.
According to CNN, her financial practices were already being examined before this report was publicly revealed. The HHS department said that her holdings were being reviewed by the Ethics Office.
Fitzgerald, an OB/GYN from Georgia, was given the position as director of the CDC in July by former HHS Secretary Tom Price. Now, she has officially resigned from the position.
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