• FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2015, file photo, House Speaker John Boehner speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Cigarette maker Reynolds American announced Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, that former House Speaker Boehner, a longtime smoker, is joining its board of directors. Reynolds American Inc. is the company behind Camel, Newport and Pall Mall cigarettes. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

    FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2015, file photo, House Speaker John Boehner speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Cigarette maker Reynolds American announced Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, that former House Speaker Boehner, a longtime ... smoker, is joining its board of directors. Reynolds American Inc. is the company behind Camel, Newport and Pall Mall cigarettes. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, July 15, 2014, file photo, Camel and Newport cigarettes are displayed for sale in Doral, Fla. Cigarette maker Reynolds American announced Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, that 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. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

    FILE - In this Tuesday, July 15, 2014, file photo, Camel and Newport cigarettes are displayed for sale in Doral, Fla. Cigarette maker Reynolds American announced Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, that 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. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File) (The Associated Press)

Cigarette maker adds former House Speaker Boehner to board

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Cigarette maker Reynolds American says former House Speaker John Boehner, a longtime smoker, is joining its board of directors.

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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.