Former House Speaker John Boehner joins cigarette company's board of directors

Posted at 1:43 PM, Sep 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-15 14:43:15-04

NEW YORK (AP) -- Cigarette maker Reynolds American says former House Speaker John Boehner, a longtime smoker, is joining its board of directors.

Reynolds American Inc. is the company behind Camel, Newport and Pall Mall cigarettes.

Boehner was elected House Speaker in 2011 and resigned from the position and Congress nearly a year ago. His replacement, House Speaker Paul Ryan, told NBC's "Meet the Press" last year that he was working to clean out the cigarette smell in Boehner's former office.

An Ohio native, Boehner was first elected to the House in 1990.

Reynolds American also said Thursday that Jean-Marc Levy, an executive at a Swiss blood-testing equipment maker, will also join its board.