The third Thursday in November, 2015 is the 40th Great American Smokeout. You can find out more about the golden age of smoking in the US and the fight to end it by reading about Dr. Sarna's and Dr. Ong's "Students learn about golden age of smoking and the fight to end it."
Research led by UCLA School of Nursing Dean Linda Sarna and Dr. Stella Bialous, Associate Professor-in-Residence at UCSF School of Nursing, indicates that nurses could play a vital role in curbing smoking in China, where 1 million people die of smoking-related illnesses each year. In a two-part study, published online in the Journal of Advanced Nursing, an international team of investigators led by Linda Sarna, interim dean of the UCLA School of Nursing, and Associate Professor-in-Residence at UC-San Francisco School of Nursing, found that nurses can play a pivotal role in helping smokers to quit. But in order to do so, they need knowledge and skills.
Congratulations to our own Dr. Stella Aguinaga Bialous who on October 1, 2014 became President of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC) (see, almost immediately, she also assumed the position of Associate Professor in Residence, Social Behavioral Sciences Department, at the UCSF School of Nursing ( on November 1st. Stella is an internationally known researcher, educator, and advocate for nursing involvement in global tobacco control..
Professor Linda Sarna, who holds the Lulu Wolf Hassenplug Chair in the UCLA School of Nursing, has been appointed acting dean of the School of Nursing as of July 1, 2014. She will serve a one-year term while Dean Courtney Lyder is on leave.
Important new information about smoking behaviors among Health Care Professionals was published by Drs.Sarna & Bialous, in JAMA (The Journal of the American Medical Association), titled 'Changes in Smoking Prevalences Among Health Care Professionals from 2003 to 2010-2011' . The January 8th edition of JAMA was themed: 50 Years of Tobacco Control, to highlight the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Surgeon General Report on Smoking and Health. Reference: Linda Sarna, PhD, RN; Stella Aguinaga Bialous, DrPH, RN; Karabi Nandy, PhD; Anna Liza Malazarte Antonio, MS; Qing Yang, MS. (2014). Changes in Smoking Prevalences Among Health Care Professionals from 2003 to 2010-2011, JAMA. 2014;311(2):197-199. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.284871.
Enhancing nursing and midwifery capacity to contribute to the prevention, treatment and management of noncommunicable diseases by Linda Sarna, Professor and Lulu Wolf Hassenplug Endowed Chair, School of Nursing, University of California, Los Angeles, USA, and Stella Aguinaga Bialous, Senior Consultant, WHO, and President, Tobacco Policy International, San Francisco, California, USA.