Faculty Profile

Kenneth E. Warner, PhD

Kenneth E. Warner, PhD

  • Avedis Donabedian Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Public Health
  • Professor Emeritus of Health Management & Policy

  • Dean Emeritus of Public Health
  • M3517, SPH II
  • 1415 Washington Heights
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2029

Kenneth E. Warner is the Avedis Donabedian Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Public Health, Professor Emeritus of Health Management & Policy, and Dean Emeritus at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, where he was on the faculty from 1972-2017. He served as Dean from 2005-2010 and as a department chair from 1982-88 and 1992-95. An economist, Dr. Warner earned his A.B. degree summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1968 and M.Phil. and PhD degrees from Yale University in 1970 and 1974.

Presented in over 250 professional publications, including 7 books, Dr. Warner’s research has focused on economic and policy aspects of disease prevention, with a principal interest in tobacco and health. Dr. Warner served as the World Bank’s representative to negotiations on the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the world’s first global health treaty. He also served as the Senior Scientific Editor of the 25th anniversary Surgeon General’s report on smoking and health. During 2004-05 he was President of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco. He was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Truth Initiative. Dr. Warner has testified before the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives. Now living in Traverse City, MI, he currently serves as a member of the Munson Healthcare Community and Population Health Committee and as a member of the Board of the International Affairs Forum.

Dr. Warner’s honors and awards include: the Surgeon General’s Medallion, conferred by Dr. C. Everett Koop in 1989; election to membership in the National Academy of Medicine in 1996; an international Luther L. Terry Award for Exemplary Leadership in Tobacco Control in 2003; the triennial Doll-Wynder Award from the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco in Florence, Italy in 2017; and Excellence in Research and Teaching Awards from the UM School of Public Health.

  • PhD, 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

  • Effects of tobacco control policies; dynamic analysis of trends in smoking and smoking cessation; economic implications of tobacco and of tobacco control.

  • Warner KE.  2018.  How to think - not feel - about tobacco harm reduction. Nicotine & Tobacco Research. In press.

  • Warner KE, Mendez D. 2018. E-cigarettes: comparing the possible risks of increasing smoking initiation with the potential benefits of increasing smoking cessation.  Nicotine & Tobacco Resarch.  Online ahead of print. doi: 10.1093/ntr/nty062.

  • Mendez D, Tam J, Giovino GA, Tsodikov A, Warner KE. 2017. Has smoking cessation increased? Nicotine & Tobacco Research.  19:1418-1424.  doi:10.1093/ntr/ntw239

  • 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. doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2016.06.007.

  • 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. 373:594-597. doi:10.1056/NEJMp1505710.

  • 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. JAMA.311:164-171.

  • 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