An Interview with Kenneth Warner, 2013 Midland Lecturer

February 27, 2013 by Bri Loesch | CPH Communications
Categories: HOPES, HSMP, Tobacco, Prevention

An Interview with Kenneth Warner, 2013 Midland Lecturer

Kenneth E. Warner, health management and policy professor at the University of Michigan, will present the 2013 Midland Lecture Wednesday March 6, 11:00 a.m. to noon in the U.S. Bank Conference Center of The Ohio Union.

The lecture is hosted by the College of Public Health’s Division of Health Services Management and Policy and the Center for Health Outcomes, Policies, and Evaluation Studies.  

The Lecture, “Why Evidence-based Interventions Will Not Solve the Tobacco-produced Disease Problem...and What Might,” looks at the "end game" in tobacco control and what might be the next dramatic new approach to tobacco control. Evidence-based interventions are interventions that have been demonstrated to be effective through research.

Click here for more information on the 2013 Midland Lecture. Interested in attending? Click here to RSVP.


CPH: Do you think we will ever “solve” the tobacco-produced disease pandemic?

Warner: Do I think so? Not in my lifetime, and likely not soon thereafter either. But if you had asked me just 10 years ago whether I thought that today, a decade later, we'd have 30 states and at least that many entire countries that have prohibited smoking in all workplaces, including all restaurants and bars, I would have said you were out of your mind. So I've learned not to think I can prognosticate with any hope of accuracy. The world of tobacco control is historically too unpredictable.

CPH: Your lecture looks at the progress we’ve made in the U.S. on tobacco control over the past 50 years. Can you provide an example of an intervention that has been successful, and one that hasn’t? 

Warner: I will go into this in the lecture, but using cigarette taxation as a tool of public health has been very successful; clean indoor air laws have been successful; well-designed, well-funded and sustained media counter-advertising campaigns have been effective (e.g., the truth campaign); comprehensive advertising and promotion bans work. School health education, as it is commonly implemented, has little effect; laws prohibiting sales to minors or possession of tobacco products by minors are largely ineffective; the current pack warning label is ineffective.

CPH: What types of policies do you think if put in place, would significantly decrease this pandemic?

Warner: That's one I'll let the audience wait for the lecture to learn about.  I've got to save at least one punch line!


Click here for a full bio on Warner, distinguished professor and former dean of the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

The Midland Lecture Series brings distinguished commentators on health care issues to The Ohio State University. The annual lectures are sponsored by the College of Public Health’s Division of Health Services Management and Policy with a fund created by the Midland Life Insurance Company in 1990 to further the national dialogue on important issues of health and insurance.

The Ohio State University's College of Public Health is an integral part of the most comprehensive health sciences campus in the nation. The college was created in February 2007 by the University Board of Trustees. First established in 1995 as part of the College of Medicine, we are the first accredited school of public health in the state of Ohio. Specializations within the college include biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, health behavior and health promotion, health services management and policy, veterinary public health, and clinical and translational science. The college is currently ranked 19th among all public health graduate schools by US News & World Report. The College of Public Health’s Master of Health Administration program is ranked 10th.
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