Research Summary

I have worked in tobacco and cancer control for over 30 years nationally and internationally. Tobacco use remains the leading cause of death and disease and a modifiable cause of health disparities.

I have worked extensively with the World Health Organization and other international organizations, and have engaged with a range of national and international civil society groups, particularly in the implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, a UN health treaty.

I have worked with several agencies, including the WHO and National Cancer Institute in the development of monographs and white papers on tobacco, cancer and NCDs control and the role of the tobacco industry in undermining public health.

Additionally, since 2001 I have collaborated with Dean Linda Sarna (UCLA) in establishing the Tobacco Free Nurses initiative, working in the US and abroad to support capacity building of nurses to engage in tobacco control and policy.I was the President of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care from 2014 to 2018.

Research Funding

  • October 1, 2019 - September 30, 2023 - The Political Economy of Tobacco Production and Control in Mozambique and Zimbabwe, Co-Investigator. Sponsor: Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Sponsor Award ID:
  • July 7, 2020 - June 6, 2022 - Interactive Mobile Doctor (iMD) to Promote Tobacco Cessation among Cancer Patients, Co-Investigator. Sponsor: TRDRP, Sponsor Award ID:
  • December 1, 2018 - November 30, 2021 - Policy Analysis to Denormalize Tobacco Use in CA-Pacific Parks and Beaches, Mentor. Sponsor: TRDRP, Sponsor Award ID:
  • October 1, 2019 - March 31, 2021 - Implementing and Evaluating a Palliative Wound Care and Palliative Care Nursing Educational Program at Ocean Road Cancer Institute, PI. Sponsor: Celgene Cancer Care Links, Sponsor Award ID:


Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, BSN, 1985, Nursing
The Johns Hopkins University, MScN, 1990, Nursing
University of California, Berkeley, MPH, 1994, Public Health
University of California, San Francisco, DrPH, 1999, Public Health

Honors & Awards

  • 2005
    Media Award for the Tobacco Free Nurses Initiative, American Academy of Nursing
  • 2006
    Elected Fellow, American Academy of Nursing
  • 2006
    Ad Q award for outstanding advertising (1 of the 10 most memorable ads from a national reader survey) for Tobacco Free Nurses advertisements
  • 2009
    Marian Barriett Lecture, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • 2012
    Distinguished Merit Award, International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care
  • 2014-2018
    President, International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care

Selected Publications

  1. Nguenha N, Cunguara B, Bialous S, Drope J, Lencucha R. An Overview of the Policy and Market Landscape of Tobacco Production and Control in Mozambique. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 01 05; 18(1).  View on PubMed
  2. Bhatta DN, Crosbie E, Bialous SA, Glantz S. Defending Comprehensive Tobacco Control Policy Implementation in Nepal From Tobacco Industry Interference (2011-2018). Nicotine Tob Res. 2020 12 12; 22(12):2203-2212.  View on PubMed
  3. Bhatta DN, Bialous S, Crosbie E, Glantz S. Exceeding WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) Obligations: Nepal Overcoming Tobacco Industry Interference to Enact a Comprehensive Tobacco Control Policy. Nicotine Tob Res. 2020 12 12; 22(12):2213-2223.  View on PubMed
  4. Bialous SA, Nohavova I, Kralikova E, Wells MJ, Brook J, Sarna L. Building capacity in tobacco control by establishing the Eastern Europe Nurses' Center of Excellence for Tobacco Control. Tob Prev Cessat. 2020; 6:68.  View on PubMed
  5. Sircar NR, Yadav A, Bialous SA. Assessing sector representation of non-state actors within the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. Glob Public Health. 2021 Jul; 16(7):1111-1121.  View on PubMed
  6. Petersen AB, Sarna L, Rezk-Hanna M, Wells M, Nohavova I, Bialous S. "Everyone Needs a Breath of Fresh Air": Workplace Impact on Nurses' Smoking Behaviors. Cancer Nurs. 2020 Jul/Aug; 43(4):319-330.  View on PubMed
  7. Bialous SA, van der Eijk Y. Response to "A Deliberate Public Policy Plus Naivety at Best". AMA J Ethics. 2020 07 01; 22(7):E643-644.  View on PubMed
  8. Lencucha R, Drope J, Labonte R, Cunguara B, Ruckert A, Mlambo Z, Kadungure A, Bialous S, Nhamo N. The Political Economy of Tobacco in Mozambique and Zimbabwe: A Triangulation Mixed Methods Protocol. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 06 15; 17(12).  View on PubMed
  9. Bialous SA, Baltzell K. The World Needs 6 Million More Nurses: What Are We Waiting For? Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2020 07; 103(1):1-2.  View on PubMed
  10. Bialous SA, van der Eijk Y. How Should Global Tobacco Control Efforts Be Prioritized to Protect Children in Resource-Poor Regions? AMA J Ethics. 2020 02 01; 22(2):E135-146.  View on PubMed
  11. Bhatta D, Crosbie E, Bialous S, Glantz S. Tobacco control in Nepal during a time of government turmoil (1960-2006). Tob Control. 2020 09; 29(5):548-555.  View on PubMed
  12. Egbe CO, Bialous SA, Glantz S. Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Implementation in Nigeria: Lessons for Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Nicotine Tob Res. 2019 07 17; 21(8):1122-1130.  View on PubMed
  13. Sarna L, Hollen PJ, Heath J, Bialous SA. Increased adoption of smoke-free policies on campuses with schools of nursing. Nurs Outlook. 2019 Nov - Dec; 67(6):760-764.  View on PubMed
  14. Oliveira da Silva AL, Bialous SA, Albertassi PGD, Arquete DADR, Fernandes AMMS, Moreira JC. The taste of smoke: tobacco industry strategies to prevent the prohibition of additives in tobacco products in Brazil. Tob Control. 2019 12; 28(e2):e92-e101.  View on PubMed
  15. Hendlin YH, Bialous SA. The environmental externalities of tobacco manufacturing: A review of tobacco industry reporting. Ambio. 2020 Jan; 49(1):17-34.  View on PubMed
  16. Bialous SA. Impact of implementation of the WHO FCTC on the tobacco industry's behaviour. Tob Control. 2019 06; 28(Suppl 2):s94-s96.  View on PubMed
  17. Crosbie E, Bialous S, Glantz SA. Memoranda of understanding: a tobacco industry strategy to undermine illicit tobacco trade policies. Tob Control. 2019 12; 28(e2):e110-e118.  View on PubMed
  18. Bialous SA, Glantz SA. Heated tobacco products: another tobacco industry global strategy to slow progress in tobacco control. Tob Control. 2018 11; 27(Suppl 1):s111-s117.  View on PubMed
  19. Rezk-Hanna M, Sarna L, Petersen AB, Wells M, Nohavova I, Bialous S. Attitudes, barriers and facilitators to smoking cessation among Central and Eastern European nurses: A focus group study. Eur J Oncol Nurs. 2018 Aug; 35:39-46.  View on PubMed
  20. Egbe CO, Bialous SA, Glantz S. Role of stakeholders in Nigeria's tobacco control journey after the FCTC: lessons for tobacco control advocacy in low-income and middle-income countries. Tob Control. 2019 07; 28(4):386-393.  View on PubMed

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