Ruth E. Malone, PhD, RN

Ruth E. Malone, PhD, RN

Professor, Chair, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, UCSF

Phone: (415) 476-3273 (voice)
Box 1390, UCSF
San Francisco, CA 94143-1390

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Research Summary

I am known nationally and internationally for my research on the tobacco industry’s strategic efforts to counter public health and on how tobacco policy problems are or are not being understood socially as actionable issues. To date, I have served as PI/MPI on more than 17 funded tobacco control-related research projects and have been continuously funded by NIH since 2001 across multiple projects. As editor-in-chief of Tobacco Control, the top international specialty journal in the field, I first editorialized in 2010 about the need to think explicitly about an endgame for the tobacco epidemic. This call to recharacterize the work of tobacco control served as inspiration for several national and international meetings and resulted in the formation of several working groups and a subsequent special issue of Tobacco Control focused on this topic. I then led the preparation of a report on tobacco endgame thinking for Cancer Research UK, which in turn influenced the development of their current call for achieving less than 5% smoking prevalence and instituting a levy on tobacco companies to pay for tobacco control efforts. I have been invited to speak on tobacco endgame thinking at numerous national and international meetings, conferences, and working groups. We recently published the first analytic review of the endgame literature. In previous and current work, I have explored the industry’s targeting of various groups and their responses to such targeting, how ‘corporate social responsibility’ efforts from tobacco companies are perceived, how businesses decide to abandon tobacco sales, and tobacco control policy within the US military. We have published numerous papers from these studies in top journals. I have served as a consultant on tobacco industry activities for the US Department of Justice, the Centers for Disease Control Office on Smoking and Health, and the World Health Organization Tobacco Free Initiative.


Southern Oregon College, Ashland, OR, A.S., Highest Honors, 1977, Nursing
University of California, San Francisco, B.S.N., Highest Honors, 1989; M.S., 1991, Community Health/Cross-Cultural Nursing
University of California, San Francisco, Ph.D., 1995, Nursing
Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of California, San Francisco, Postdoctoral Fellow, 1995-97, Health Policy/Health Services Research

Professional Experience

  • 1977-1995
    Clinical nursing; acute care hospitals in Oregon and California
  • 1990-1993
    Teaching and Research Assistant, University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing
  • 1995-1997
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of California, San Francisco
  • 1997-2001
    Assistant Adjunct Professor, Department of Physiological Nursing, UCSF
  • 1997-present
    Core Faculty, Institute for Health Policy Studies, School of Medicine, UCSF
  • 2001-2002
    Assistant Adjunct Professor, Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences, School of Nursing, UCSF
  • 2002-2006
    Associate Professor & Director, Health Policy Program, Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences, School of Nursing, UCSF
  • 2006-present
    Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences, School of Nursing, UCSF

Honors & Awards

  • 1988-89
    Birdzel Scholarship,UCSF School of Nursing
  • 1989-92
    California State Graduate Fellowships (three years)
  • 1990-91
    Lucy C. Perry Scholarship, Nurses' Educational Funds
  • 1991-1994
    University of California Regents Fellow
  • 1994-95
    Alameda County Nurses Association Scholarship
  • 1994-95
    Hiemenz Award, Tyson Award; NEF Scholar, Nurses' Educational Funds
  • 1994
    Graduate Student Research Award, UCSF Graduate Division
  • 1994
    Research Award, Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Eta Chapter (Nursing Honor Society)
  • 1994-1995
    Health Services Dissertation Research Grant, Agency for Health Care Policy & Research
  • 1998-1999
    Mt. Zion Health Systems/UCSF Clinical Investigator Research Program Award
  • 2000
    UCSF Chancellor's Award for Public Service and Edison T. Uno Award for Leadership
  • 2001
    Shannon Award, Tobacco Related Disease Research Program
  • 2003
    Best poster Award, World Conference on Tobacco or Health, Helsinki
  • 2004
    Selected Fellow, American Academy of Nursing
  • 2004
    Nominated for Distinction in Teaching Award, UCSF Academic Senate.
  • 2004
    Nominated for School of Nursing Excellence in Teaching Award, Graduating Masters students
  • 2004
    Nominated for Outstanding Faculty Mentorship Award, UCSF
  • 2005
    Nominated for Postdoctoral Scholar's Association Annual Outstanding Mentorship Award, UCSF
  • 2006
    Nominated by American Nurses' Association for International Council of Nurses' Bank of Nurse Experts (Tobacco)
  • 2006
    Nominated for Distinction in Teaching Award, UCSF Academic Senate
  • 2006
    Sybil Jacobs Award for Outstanding Use of Tobacco Industry Documents, American Legacy Foundation (Awarded in Washington, D.C. at World Conference on Tobacco or Health).

Selected Publications

  1. McDaniel PA, Patzke H, Malone RE. Twitter users' reaction to a chain pharmacy's decision to end tobacco sales. Tob Induc Dis. 2015; 13:36.
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  2. Malone RE. Tobacco exceptionalism in airports: time to address gaps. Tob Control. 2015 Nov; 24(6):527.
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  3. McDaniel PA, Malone RE. "What Is Our Story?" Philip Morris's Changing Corporate Narrative. Am J Public Health. 2015 Oct; 105(10):e68-75.
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  4. McDaniel PA, Offen N, Yerger V, Forsyth S, Malone RE. "Tired of watching customers walk out the door because of the smoke": a content analysis of media coverage of voluntarily smokefree restaurants and bars. BMC Public Health. 2015; 15:761.
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  5. Malone RE, Barnoya J. Coauthorship and 'soft colonialism'. Tob Control. 2015 Jul; 24(4):315.
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  6. Smith EA, Rojo R, Malone RE. Tobacco use policy in military housing. Mil Med. 2015 Jun; 180(6):612-4.
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  7. Malone RE. FDA's toothless tiger and its "lost pleasure" analysis. Tob Control. 2015 Mar; 24(2):105.
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  8. Smith EA, Grundy Q, Malone RE. "It's Not a Priority When We're in Combat": Public Health Professionals and Military Tobacco Control Policy. Am J Public Health. 2015 Apr; 105(4):660-4.
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  9. Grundy Q, Smith EA, Malone RE. "Throwing a rock at their armored tank": civilian authority and military tobacco control. BMC Public Health. 2014; 14:1292.
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  10. Malone RE. Power relations and the public health challenge. Tob Control. 2014 Nov; 23(e2):e85-6.
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  11. McDaniel PA, Malone RE. Understanding community norms surrounding tobacco sales. PLoS One. 2014; 9(9):e106461.
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  12. Gartner C, Malone RE. Duelling letters: which one would you sign? Tob Control. 2014 Sep; 23(5):369-70.
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  13. Smith EA, Jahnke SA, Poston WS, Williams LN, Haddock CK, Schroeder SA, Malone RE. Is it time for a tobacco-free military? N Engl J Med. 2014 Aug 14; 371(7):589-91.
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  14. Malone RE, Bialous SA. WHO FCTC article 5.3: promise but little progress. Tob Control. 2014 Jul; 23(4):279-80.
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  15. Malone RE. Missing the biggest story in the US Surgeon General's report. Tob Control. 2014 Mar; 23(2):91-2.
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  16. Malone R, McDaniel P, Smith E. It is time to plan the tobacco endgame. BMJ. 2014; 348:g1453.
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  17. McDaniel PA, Malone RE. "People over profits": retailers who voluntarily ended tobacco sales. PLoS One. 2014; 9(1):e85751.
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  18. McDaniel PA, Offen N, Yerger VB, Malone RE. "A breath of fresh air worth spreading": media coverage of retailer abandonment of tobacco sales. Am J Public Health. 2014 Mar; 104(3):562-9.
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  19. Malone RE. The symbolic and the material in tobacco control: both matter. Tob Control. 2014 Jan; 23(1):1-2.
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  20. Smith EA, Malone RE. Mediatory myths in the u.s. Military: tobacco use as "stress relief". Am J Health Promot. 2014 Nov-Dec; 29(2):115-22.
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