June 9, 2014
Washington, D.C.– Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Legacy, a national public health organization dedicated to ending tobacco use in the United States. General Zoeller serves as one of two Attorneys General on the Board, which provides strategic direction for the organization’s mission to create a tobacco-free generation.
General Zeoller is serving his second term as Indiana’s chief legal officer. With a focus on consumer protection, General Zoeller has expanded the Do-Not-Call law to include cell phones, protected homeowners facing foreclosures, and worked to enhance laws to reduce prescription drug abuse. Prior to that, he served under his predecessor, Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter, making him the first attorney general to have served in the AG’s Office prior to being elected.
“Attorney General Zoeller’s dedication to protecting consumers is a perspective we value as we try to save lives from tobacco, and we look forward to his service on the Board,” said Robin Koval, President and CEO of Legacy.
Legacy was established out of the landmark 1998 Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) between tobacco companies and 46 states and five U.S. territories, which resulted in the companies paying billions of dollars to the states and put strong limitations on the tactics the tobacco companies use to advertise and market their deadly products to young people. It is a requirement of the MSA that the American Legacy Foundation's Board of Directors include two Attorneys General.
“It is an honor to serve on Legacy’s Board,” said General Zoeller. “The Attorneys General and Legacy are connected in the mission to protect Americans and I look forward to working with Legacy and my colleagues to tackle one of the nation’s most important public health problems.”
Prior to his work in the Attorney General’s office, Zoeller worked with Senator Dan Quayle, first in Senator Quayle’s U.S. Senate office, and then in the Office of the Vice President of the United States. He graduated from Purdue University and earned his law degree from the Indiana University School of Law at Bloomington in 1982.
Legacy envisions an America where tobacco is a thing of the past, where all youth and young adults reject tobacco use. Legacy’s proven-effective and nationally recognized public education programs include truth®, the national youth smoking prevention campaign that has been cited as contributing to significant declines in youth smoking; EX®, an innovative public health program designed to speak to smokers in their own language and change the way they approach quitting; and research initiatives exploring the causes, consequences and approaches to reducing tobacco use. Located in Washington, D.C., the foundation was created as a result of the November 1998 Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) reached between attorneys general from 46 states, five U.S. territories and the tobacco industry. To learn more about Legacy’s life-saving programs, visit www.LegacyForHealth.org.