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 275 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 an elected member of the Board of Trustees of Northwestern Michigan College, a member of the Munson Healthcare Community and Population Health Committee, and a member of the Advisory 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.

Selected Recent Publications:

  • Balfour DJK, Benowitz NL, Colby SM, Hatsukami DK, Lando HA, Leischow SJ, Lerman C, Mermelstein RJ, Niaura R, Perkins KA, Pomerleau OF, Rigotti NA, Swan GE, Warner KE, West R. 2021. Balancing consideration of the risks and benefits of e-cigarettes. American Journal of Public Health. Online ahead of print. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2021.306416
  • Warner KE, Mendez D. 2021. How much of the future mortality toll of smoking can be avoided? Tobacco Control. 30:456-459. doi:10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2019-055530
  • Warner KE. 2021. Will 5.6 million current American youth eventually die from smoking? The anatomy of a commonly accepted tobacco control measure. Tobacco Control. 30:446-448. doi:10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2020-055672
  • Mendez D, Warner KE. 2021. A magic bullet? The potential impact of e-cigarettes on the toll of cigarette smoking. Nicotine & Tobacco Research. 19;23(4):654-661. doi:10.1093/ntr/ntaa160
  • Warner KE. 2019. How to think – not feel – about tobacco harm reduction. Nicotine & Tobacco Research. 21(10):1299-1309. doi:10.1093/ntr/nty084
  • Levy DT, Warner KE, Cummings KM, et al. 2019. Examining the relationship of vaping to smoking initiation among US youth and young adults: a reality check. Tobacco Control. 28:629–635. doi:10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2018-054446
  • Warner KE, Mendez D. 2019. E-cigarettes:  comparing the possible risks of increasing smoking initiation with the potential benefits of increasing smoking cessation. Nicotine & Tobacco Research. 21(1);41–47. doi:10.1093/ntr/nty062
  • Chaloupka FJ, Powell LM, Warner KE. 2019. The use of excise taxes to reduce tobacco, alcohol, and sugary beverage consumption. Annual Review of Public Health. 40:187-201. doi:10.1146/annurev-publhealth-040218-043816
  • Warner KE. 2018. A new measure of youth cigarette smoking. Preventive Medicine Reports. 12:75–78. doi:10.1016/j.pmedr.2018.08.013
  • Liber AC, Warner KE. 2018. Has underreporting of cigarette consumption changed over time? Estimates derived from US national health surveillance systems between 1965 and 2015. American Journal of Epidemiology. 187:113–119. doi:10.1093/aje/kwx196
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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, Warner KE, Acemoglu D, et al. 2015. An evaluation of the FDA’s analysis of the costs and benefits of the graphic warning label regulation. Tobacco Control (peer reviewed special communication). 24:112-119. doi:10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2014-052-022
  • 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, 1964-2012. JAMA. 311:164-171. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.285112
  • 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. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2013.301591

  • American Public Health Association
  • Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco