CDC director bought tobacco stock while leading public health agency

Brenda Fitzgerald
Brenda Fitzgerald. Photo: Melissa Golden for The Washington Post via Getty Images

Brenda Fitzgerald, Trump-appointed director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "bought shares in a tobacco company one month into her leadership of the agency," Politico reports.

Why it matters: The move seems to run counter to the CDC's mission of curbing smoking — as a leading cause of disease and death — in the United States, and raises ethical questions.