University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Ruth E. Malone, PhD, RN

Ruth E. Malone, PhD, RN

Professor, Chair, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, UCSF
Nursing Alumni and Mary Harms Endowed Chair, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Tobacco Control

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. Malone RE. 2019 Reviewers of the Year: improving the quality of the journal and the field. Tob Control. 2020 Jan; 29(1):1-2.
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  2. Malone RE. 'Sustainable' tobacco industry? Tob Control. 2019 12; 28(e2):e85.
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  3. Malone RE. JUUL: beaten-down innovator or vicious bully? Tob Control. 2019 Nov; 28(6):597-598.
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  4. Smith EA, McDaniel PA, Malone RE. Leadership Perceptions of Endgame Strategies for Tobacco Control in California. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2019 Nov/Dec; 25(6):554-561.
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  5. Smith EA, Malone RE. An argument for phasing out sales of cigarettes. Tob Control. 2019 Sep 21.
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  6. Malone RE. Tobacco industry shoving its snout under the UN tent flap. Tob Control. 2019 Sep; 28(5):479-480.
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  7. Forsyth SR, Malone RE. Tobacco Content in Video Games: Categorization of Tobacco Imagery and Gamer Recall. Nicotine Tob Res. 2019 03 30; 21(4):532-538.
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  8. Forsyth SR, Malone RE. "Playing the Movie Directly": Perceptions of Tobacco Content in Video Games. Annu Rev Nurs Res. 2018 12; 36(1):27-45.
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  9. Malone RE. Reflections on a decade of editing Tobacco Control. Tob Control. 2018 11; 27(6):603.
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  10. Malone RE. Researching policy impacts. Tob Control. 2018 10; 27(e2):e96-e97.
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  11. van der Eijk Y, Bero LA, Malone RE. Philip Morris International-funded 'Foundation for a Smoke-Free World': analysing its claims of independence. Tob Control. 2019 Nov; 28(6):712-718.
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  12. Malone RE. Keeping tobacco cheap: how tobacco companies undermine government tax measures. Tob Control. 2018 09; 27(5):483.
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  13. McDaniel PA, Malone RE. "You Want Your Guests to Be Happy in This Business": Hoteliers' Decisions to Adopt Voluntary Smoke-Free Guest-Room Policies. Am J Health Promot. 2018 11; 32(8):1740-1746.
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  14. Malone RE. 'Stop me before I kill again': why Philip Morris International needs governments' help to quit smoking, and why governments need more pressure to do so. Tob Control. 2018 03; 27(2):121-122.
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  15. McDaniel PA, Malone RE. Health Care Organizations and Policy Leadership: Perspectives on Nonsmoker-Only Hiring Policies. Acad Med. 2018 02; 93(2):299-305.
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  16. McDaniel PA, Lown EA, Malone RE. US Media Coverage of Tobacco Industry Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives. J Community Health. 2018 02; 43(1):117-127.
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  17. Malone RE, Chapman S, Gupta PC, Nakkash R, Ntiabang T, Bianco E, Saloojee Y, Vathesatogkit P, Huber L, Bostic C, Diethelm P, Callard C, Collishaw N, Gilmore AB. A "Frank Statement" for the 21st Century? Tob Control. 2017 11; 26(6):611-612.
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  18. Forsyth SR, Chesla CA, Rehm RS, Malone RE. "It Feels More Real": An Interpretive Phenomenological Study of the Meaning of Video Games in Adolescent Lives. ANS Adv Nurs Sci. 2017 Oct/Dec; 40(4):E1-E17.
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  19. Smith EA, Poston WSC, Haddock CK, Jahnke SA, Malone RE. Veterans' views on military tobacco use and tobacco control policy. Mil Behav Health. 2018; 6(1):102-107.
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  20. McDaniel PA, Lown EA, Malone RE. "It doesn't seem to make sense for a company that sells cigarettes to help smokers stop using them": A case study of Philip Morris's involvement in smoking cessation. PLoS One. 2017; 12(8):e0183961.
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