Kenneth E. Warner Ph.D.

Avedis Donabedian Distinguished University Professor of Public Health
Department of Health Management and Policy
University of Michigan School of Public Health
Email: Discipline: Economics Expertise: Health Risks, Public Health Strategies

Investigator Award
The Nature, Evolution, and Implications of Tobacco Policy in the United States
Award Year: 1994 Dr. Warner produces a detailed history of the rise and fall of cigarette smoking in the U.S. in the 20th century both as a social phenomenon and as a major determinant of trends in health and health care. Special attention is devoted to the roles of tobacco-control research and policy. Synthesizing the leading work in this field, he provides a comprehensive analysis of the nature, origins, and consequences of tobacco policy in the U.S. Lessons are drawn relevant to tobacco-control activists, policymakers, and the broader health promotion community as to what matters in health promotion policy and what affects its emergence in social discourse. The role of tobacco-control policy, its origins and uses, and the integration of policy research findings into policy advocacy, are also examined. The project makes a valuable contribution as interpretive social history and to understanding the development and analysis of health policy in the domain of self-affecting health behaviors.


Kenneth E. Warner is the Avedis Donabedian Distinguished University Professor of Public Health at the University of Michigan, where he has been on the faculty since 1972. From 2005-2010, he served as Dean of the School of Public Health. He was the founding director of the University of Michigan Tobacco Research Network. An economist, Dr. Warner earned his A.B. degree summa cum laude from Dartmouth College and M.Phil. And Ph.D. degrees from Yale University. Presented in 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 recently adopted 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 is on the editorial boards of four professional journals and chairs the board of the international journal Tobacco Control. During 2004-5 he was President of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco. He consults with numerous governmental bodies, voluntary organizations, and businesses, and was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the American Legacy Foundation. 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 of the National Academy of Sciences and was named to the first class of Fellows of the Association for Health Services Research. In 1997, he received the Excellence in Research Award from the UM 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 was named one of the two recipients of the inaugural Outstanding Research Contribution award in the international Luther L. Terry Awards for Exemplary Leadership in Tobacco Control.