Kenneth E. Warner is the Avedis Donabedian Distinguished University Professor of Public Health and Professor of Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, where he has been on the faculty since 1972. He served as Dean of the School of Public Health from 2005-2010. An economist, Dr. Warner earned his A.B. degree summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1968 and M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University in 1970 and 1974, respectively.
Presented in over 200 professional publications, Dr. Warner’s research has focused on economic and policy aspects of disease prevention and health promotion, with a special emphasis on tobacco and health. Dr. Warner served as the World Bank’s representative to negotiations on the global treaty on tobacco control, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. He also served as the Senior Scientific Editor of the 25th anniversary Surgeon General’s report on smoking and health, published in 1989. He has chaired the Editorial Advisory Board of the international journal Tobacco Control since the journal’s inception in 1992. During 2004-05 he was President of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco. He consults with numerous governmental bodies and voluntary organizations, and was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the American Legacy Foundation (now the Truth Initiative). He was also the founding Director of the University of Michigan Tobacco Research Network. Dr. Warner has testified before the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives.
Dr. Warner has been cited twice by Delta Omega, the national public health honorary society, for “Outstanding Achievement in Public Health.” He was awarded the Surgeon General’s Medallion by Dr. C. Everett Koop in 1989. In 1990, he received the Leadership Award of the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Section of the American Public Health Association. In 1996, he was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine) of the National Academy of Sciences and was named to the first class of Fellows of the Association for Health Services Research (now AcademyHealth). In 1997, he received the Excellence in Research Award from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. In 2002 he received the Richard and Barbara Hansen Leadership Award from the University of Iowa College of Public Health. In 2003, at the World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Helsinki, Finland, he received the inaugural Outstanding Research Contribution award in the international Luther L. Terry Awards for Exemplary Leadership in Tobacco Control. In 2006 he was selected as an Ambassador in the Paul G. Rogers Society for Global Health Research, Research!America. In 2010 he received the Alton Ochsner Award Relating Smoking and Health. In 2013 he received the University of Michigan School of Public Health Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2014 Dr. Warner was awarded a Regional World No Tobacco Day Award by the World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization. In March 2017 he will receive the Doll-Wynder Award from the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco in Florence, Italy.
- Ph.D., Economics, Yale University, 1974
- M.Phil., Economics, Yale University, 1970
- A.B., (Summa Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa; Highest Distinction in Economics), Dartmouth College, 1968
Research Interests & Projects
Effects of tobacco control policies; dynamic analysis of trends in smoking and smoking cessation; economic implications of tobacco and of tobacco control.
- Mendez D, Tam J, Giovino GA, Tsodikov A, Warner KE. 2016. Has smoking cessation increased?
Nicotine & Tobacco Research. Online ahead of print. doi:10.1093/ntr/ntw23
- Tam J, Warner KE, Meza R. 2016. Smoking and the reduced life expectancy of individuals
with serious mental illness. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 51:958-966.
- Warner KE. 2016. Frequency of e-cigarette use and cigarette smoking by American students
in 2014. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 51:179-184. doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2015.12.004.
- Patrick SW, Warner KE, Pordes E, Davis MM. 2016. Cigarette tax increases and infant
mortality. Pediatrics. 137:1-8. doi:10.1542/peds.2015-2901.
- Warner KE. 2015. The remarkable decrease in cigarette smoking by American youth: Further
evidence. Preventive Medicine Reports. 2:259-261. doi:10.1016/j.pmedr.2015.04.001.
- Chaloupka FJ, Sweanor D, Warner KE. 2015. Differential taxes for differential risks
– Toward reduced harm from nicotine-yielding products. New England Journal of Medicine.
- Holford TR, Meza R, Warner KE, Meernik C, Jeon J, Moolgavkar SH, Levy DT. 2014. Tobacco
control and the reduction in premature smoking-related deaths in the United States.
- Warner KE, Sexton DW, Gillespie BW, Levy DT, Chaloupka FJ. 2014. The impact of tobacco
control on adult per capita cigarette consumption in the United States American Journal
of Public Health.104:83-89.
- Warner KE, McCammon RJ, Fries BJ, Langa KM. 2013. The impact of cigarette smoking
on utilization of nursing home services Nicotine & Tobacco Research.15:1902-1909.
- Mendez D, Alshanqeety O, Warner KE. 2013. The potential impact of smoking control
policies on future global smoking trends. Tobacco Control.22:46-51.
- Smith EA and Warner KE, editors April, 2013. The End of Tobacco? The Tobacco Endgame
Tobacco Control, Supplement 1.
- Warner KE, Tam J. 2012. The impact of tobacco control research on policy: 20 years
of progress. Tobacco Control.21:103-109.
- Warner KE, Mendez D. 2012. Accuracy and importance of projections from a dynamic simulation
model of smoking prevalence in the U.S. American Journal of Public Health.102:2045-2048.
- Warner KE, Mendez D September, 2010. Tobacco control policy in developed countries:
Today, yesterday and tomorrow. Nicotine & Tobacco Research. 12:876-887.
- Brownell KD, Warner KE March, 2009. The perils of ignoring history: Big tobacco played dirty and millions died. How similar is big food? The Milbank Quarterly. 87:259-294.
- American Public Health Association
- Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco